Caroline Halsey has nearly 20 years’ experience in the clinical trials industry from various angles including data management, cardiac safety services and IT consultancy. During the past 6 years she has been focused on medical coding in particular and involved in the development of a bespoke medical coding system for a major pharma, alongside responsibilities as Director within the Perficient Life Sciences Business Unit.
Title of Session: Utilising Artificial Intelligence in Medical Coding
Description of Session:
Medical coding workload increases year-on-year. Provision of medically-appropriate, reliable and reproducible safety information is a prerequisite for a sound risk-benefit assessment of medicinal products. Adequate quality of code assignments is a key prerequisite to fulfil this requirement. Medical coding must accurately and efficiently support the retrieval and evaluation of safety data.
It can be challenging to find a sufficient number of medical coders with the appropriate skills and attitude required to process the large number of terms to be coded on a daily basis. The need to achieve operational targets can conflict with the innate, and essential, drive for quality. Even with a user-friendly coding system it can take a year to train new team members in company-specific coding practices. Artificial Intelligence/ Cognitive Computing is increasingly being used in many aspects of the pharma. We will discuss how Machine Learning and AI can be used in medical coding to achieve more without increasing team size or impacting quality.
Gain an understanding of the potential use of AI in medical coding