• Alfred Health Partners with 3M to launch 3M™ 360 Encompass™ System in Australia

    May 17, 2021

    3M’s global market leading, computer-assisted documentation integrity and computer-assisted coding system with artificial intelligence driven workflows is being deployed for the first time in Australia.

    Alfred Health, with its comprehensive range of healthcare services in Victoria, has selected the 3M 360 Encompass System to integrate and automate clinical documentation integrity (CDI), medical records clinical coding and performance monitoring across all Alfred Health facilities. The advanced technology from 3M Health Information Systems will enable Alfred Health to improve, query and monitor documentation for optimal coded data, increasing coding productivity, appropriate DRG capture and reimbursement, and actionable data to support the improvement of patient outcomes.

    Alfred Health will implement the 3M 360 Encompass System integrated with its Cerner electronic medical record (EMR) to address the inefficiencies of having multiple coding, documentation query workflows and the additional costs and burden of disconnected systems. The 3M solution promotes complete capture of patient complexity in clinical documentation and coding to accurately reflect casemix and significantly reduce the time and resources needed to effectively collaborate across multiple workstreams.

    An integral part of the project will be 3M’s Business Process Advisory Service which facilitates the process redesign, change management, and recommendations on future workflows for existing HIM, Quality, and CDI resources.

    This project will see the deployment of 3M™ CDI Engage™, computer assisted physician documentation (CAPD) in conjunction with 3M™ Advanced CDI Program, 3M’s industry-leading clinical documentation integrity consulting and education program used by numerous public and private hospitals across the ANZ region. With CDI programs in the region continuing to evolve, 3M CDI Engage enables real-time documentation support at the point of creation and combines CDI with education into a cohesive, clinician-friendly workflow for continuous improvement and a reduction in retrospective documentation queries.

    With 3M Codefinder as its foundation, 3M 360 Encompass System incorporates all of the current Australian ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS coding content, rules and functionality that have been developed with customers input over the past 30 years. 3M 360 Encompass System has established itself as the global leader in computer assisted coding and clinical documentation integrity with greater than 2,000 healthcare organisations in the USA, Canada and Europe actively using the platform. 3M is an international leader in clinical coding and patient classification systems with more than 5,000 healthcare organisations worldwide using 3M coding solutions to code and group patient data for decision support, quality measurement, and reimbursement.