3M Awarded Contract by Banner Health for 3M 360 Encompass System

Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:28am EST

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SALT LAKE CITY--(Business Wire)--
3M Health Information Systems has been awarded a contract by Banner Health that
will expand the organization`s portfolio of 3M products to include the 3M 360
Encompass System. The system`s integrated computer-assisted coding and clinical
documentation improvement (CDI) technology will assist Banner Health - one of
the nation`s largest nonprofit healthcare systems - in addressing the challenges
of healthcare reform and ICD-10 adoption in 2014. 

With auto-suggested codes and real-time prompts for clinical documentation
specificity delivered across all CDI and coding processes, the 3M 360 Encompass
System promotes optimal capture of patient severity in physician documentation
and reduces the time needed to prepare physicians for ICD-10. Coders and CDI
specialists access a common view of the patient information, which promotes
streamlined processes, increased communication, strengthened collaboration and
actionable data to improve patient care. 

"Partnering with 3M allows us to leverage technology in new and exciting ways,"
said Jaime James, MHA, RHIA, System HIMS Director at Banner Health. "With 3M`s
coding logic and NLP technology we can bring the workflow of our CDI specialists
and coders together to achieve new efficiencies. This makes it an important part
of our ICD-10 mitigation strategy." 

"ICD-10 will require increased clinical documentation specificity to capture the
most complete code assignments," added Jane Walters, MA, RHIA, Senior Coding
Director at Banner Health. "The volume of information and clinical documentation
in the electronic health record makes CDI and coding processes more challenging.
We anticipate the 3M 360 Encompass System will positively impact our physician
documentation clarification process, which will ultimately reduce rework and
increase productivity across the enterprise." 

Banner Health joins 117 leading hospitals and health systems, representing more
than 500 facilities, that have awarded contracts to 3M for the 3M 360 Encompass
System. The integrated solution is the only automated coding and documentation
improvement system built on 3M coding and grouping logic that leverages 3M
natural language processing (NLP) technology and coding rules. 

With the 3M Coding and Reimbursement System as its foundation, the 3M 360
Encompass System incorporates complete ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding content.
The application natively codes in ICD-10 and enables coding in ICD-9 while
viewing the ICD-10 equivalent. 3M is an international leader in coding and
patient classification systems with more than 5,000 hospitals worldwide using 3M
coding solutions to code and group patient data for decision support, quality
measurement, and reimbursement. 

Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health
care systems in the country. The system owns or manages 23 acute-care hospitals,
long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other
services including physician clinics and home care and hospice services. Banner
Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska,
Nevada and Wyoming. 

More information about the 3M 360 Encompass System is available online or by
calling 800-367-2447. 

360 Encompass and 3M are registered trademarks of 3M Company. 

About 3M Health Information Systems
Best known for its market-leading coding system and ICD-10 expertise, 3M Health
Information Systems delivers innovative software and consulting services
designed to raise the bar for clinical documentation improvement,
computer-assisted coding, performance monitoring, and quality outcomes
reporting. 3M`s robust healthcare data dictionary and terminology services
support data interoperability and the expansion and accuracy of the electronic
health record. With nearly 30 years of healthcare industry experience and the
know-how of more than 100 credentialed 3M coding experts, 3M is the go-to choice
for more than 5,000 hospitals worldwide that want to improve quality and
financial performance. For more information, call 800-367-2447, visit
www.3Mhis.com or follow on Twitter @3MHISNews

About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs about 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70
countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

Price Houns Associates
Mollie Houns, 952-920-6951
3M Public Relations
Janna Fischer, 651-736-5824 

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