The Clinical Coding service is pivotal to the NHS. It uses health records to translate clinical terms into a sequence of codes which describe the diagnoses and procedures.
Smart Consult and Research has been providing expert clinical coding services to the NHS for over 15 years.
Hospitals and practices deal with an immense amount of patient data on a daily basis. Clinical coding allows that information to be translated accurately into categorised coded data that can then be used to ensure that the hospital is correctly reimbursed for treatments.
Coding in healthcare also makes it possible for management, analysts and others to monitor the provision of services, discover health and care trends and plan services accordingly.
For the NHS in England, Clinical Coding ensures accurate payment for providers of care through the National Tariff Payments System (NTPS). In England, the data derived from the codes is used in Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and Secondary Usage Services (SUS). This means it becomes the basis for performance measurement and benchmarking, but also for planning future health services and improvements in patient care.
Accurate coding across many medical disciplines requires the use of complex clinical vocabularies that are standardised between multiple systems.
For more than two decades the ICD‑10 clinical vocabulary has been in use by the NHS, and by many other global healthcare services.
SNOMED contains more than 300,000 medical terms, enabling finely pinpointed coding, but this in turn means that notes recorded by medical staff must be precise.
Our training and experience make it easier for our Clinical Coders to code treatments accurately using the full breadth of the SNOMED CT vocabulary.