[242 Pages Report] The global computer-assisted coding market is valued at USD 2.76 billion in 2017 and is expected to register a CAGR of 11.5% to reach to USD 4.75 billion by 2022.
Computer assisted coding software are used to improve maximize the revenue of organisation by reducing coding errors and maximizing claims reimbursement cycle. Some commonly used computer assisted coding software includes standalone and integrated software. Standalone software is used only for encoding and integrated software is integrated with EHR/EMR, encoder system, voice/text/speech recognition software, CDI, transcription system, and other HIM applications.
The rising demand for CAC solutions, the growing need within the global healthcare system to curtail increasing healthcare costs, improve coding accuracy, and streamline the revenue cycle management procedures. Growth of the market can be attributed to the transition to ICD-10 coding standards from ICD-9 in North America.
However, high implementation and maintenance expenses for computer-assisted coding and lack of on-site CAC support and in-house CAC domain knowledge are likely to hinder the growth of the computer-assisted coding market to some extent.
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Management Reporting & Analytics
The healthcare IT industry is facing challenges to make data accessible, sharable, and actionable. The management reporting and analytics modules of computer-assisted coding are designed to enable coding and revenue managers to monitor and track coding processes throughout the workflow.
These tools help in tracking the various stages of coding procedures such as case assignment, recording the point and time of modifications to original coding, and the duration for which the chart was open. With analytics tools, coding data can be examined and used more efficiently in making critical decisions.
The high implementation and maintenance costs and lack of on-site CAC support and in-house CAC domain knowledge are major factor restraining the growth of the Computer Assisted Coding Market. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) states that the cost of the hardware, initial licensing fees, ongoing maintenance fees, and the requisite IT support for CAC systems can cross USD 500,000 a year for a small health system (1,000 beds). Even though smaller hospitals generally pay less in licensing fees for the software, the per-chart coding cost is usually higher.
Also, services and maintenance, which include software upgradation as per changing user requirements, represent a recurring expenditure for healthcare organizations. This has adversely affecting the affordability of various computer assisted coding solutions for organisations.
The growth of this region is primarily driven by the escalating demand to reduce the burden of the healthcare systems, curtail healthcare delivery costs, increasing implementation of Healthcare IT solutions, and the various government initiatives for enabling efficient, affordable, and on-time delivery of quality care. As a result, APAC holds a significant share of the overall computer assisted coding market.
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Key players in the Computer Assisted Coding Market include 3M Health Information Systems (US), Optum (US), McKesson Corporation (US), Nuance Communications (US), Cerner Corporation (US), Dolbey Systems (US), Precyse Solutions (nThrive) (US), Craneware (UK), Artificial Medical Intelligence (US), and TruCode (US).
Other players include Quest Diagnostics (US), Streamline Health Solutions (US), M-scribe Technologies (US), eZDI Inc. (US), Alpha II LLC. (US), ID GmbH & Co. KGaA (Germany), ZyDoc (US), Coding Strategies (US), Patient Code Software (US), and Flash Code (US) among others.