25 August 2011, California – Alameda County Medical Center and Clinithink have signed a three-year contract to use Clinithink’s cloud-based CLiX technology to support coding and patient care processes.
Alameda County Medical Center (ACMC) is a model, comprehensive and integrated public health system of hospitals and clinics that offer both primary medical and specialty care to the residents of the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay area. With six campuses located throughout Alameda County, it has a $550 million annual operating budget with 2,800 employees.
ACMC is ranked #1 in financial performance among public hospitals in the State of California with quality measures that outperform several health care providers within its service areas. ACMC’s goal is to advance patient care and service delivery across the county by unlocking the value held within their unstructured medical data in order to improve decision-making, operational efficiency, outcomes and revenue.
Clinithink’s CLiX allows healthcare providers and payers to extract the knowledge currently hidden within physician’s notes which are stored as free-text. The ability to index and analyze this unstructured data supports point-of-care decisions and reduces the burden on manual coding processes. In addition, CLiX’s advanced language-processing and terminology cross-mapping mitigates the associated risks for healthcare providers of migrating their data-capture and billing processes to ICD-10 and SNOMED CT (as required in the Meaningful Use program).
Initially, ACMC will use CLiX’s data-indexing capability along with Clinithink applications to manage ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding as well as the management of problem lists and allergies across their service locations. The contract follows on from an Memorandum of Understanding signed in May 2011.
Chief Information Officer of ACMC, Mark Zielazinski said, “We have carefully assessed the Clinithink offering and we are confident in our move to partner with them in order to achieve our objectives as an organization. We’re impressed by their technology, their innovative approach and their ability to understand and address our requirements. By implementing the Clinithink solution we will be able to realize improvements in efficiency, revenue and care outcomes.”
Chief Medical Information Officer, Dr Howard Landa said, “Even without the optimization process that forms part of the standard implementation methodology, I was amazed by how fast and accurately the system can interpret real clinical narrative. I look forward to working with them during the deployment and delivering real benefits to our physicians and patients.”