New Trade Group Aims To Ensure Sanctity
Of Patient Health Records
Clinical Documentation Industry Association (CDIA) announced the launch
of a new industry trade association dedicated to ensuring the accuracy,
consistency and security of clinical documentation contained within all
patient health records.
The announcement was made by
Noel Bambrough, CDIA chair and CEO of Documentation Services Group Inc.
the Medical Transcription Industry Association, the new group aims to
expand its reach beyond medical transcription, editing, voice, and
speech recognition to encompass every touch point in the clinical
association clearly recognized the need for an industry resource
dedicated exclusively to the clinical documentation process: from
report creation via dictation, speech or medical scribes, to the use of
these same reports for coding and billing," Bambrough said.
are many companies and new technologies in place to capture, format,
secure, transfer, and store clinical documentation, but no industry
association with this focus, he added.
and accurate clinical documentation is mission critical for health care
providers," added Peter Masanotti, president and CEO at MedQuist, a
founding partner of CDIA.
pressure for physicians to document more clearly, consistently and
completely has never been greater," said CIDA board member Dr. Nick van
Terheyden, CMO for Nuance Inc.
captured without quality assurance measures or best practice processes
inevitably results in errors that are perpetuated throughout the rest
of the health care delivery system, he said. CDIA works with other
associations and standards-setting groups to establish best practice
processes and guidelines for quality clinical documentation.
Documentation Industry Association, 4230 Kiernan Ave., Ste. 130,
Modesto, CA 95356; (800) 543-6842, www.cdiaweb.org.