About 21% of surveyed health care providers already have purchased computer-assisted coding systems, according to a report by research firm KLAS. Many survey respondents said they are buying such systems to prepare for the transition to ICD-10 code sets.
The survey found that 33% of surveyed health care providers plan to purchase computer-assisted coding systems in 2012, 15% plan to purchase such systems in 2013 and 5% plan to buy such systems in 2014 or later.
Seventeen percent of respondents said they were unsure when they would buy computer-assisted coding systems, and 9% said they have no plans to purchase such systems.
The report is based on online and telephone surveys conducted between January and March of 96 hospital executives, directors and managers.
Source: KLAS, "Computer-Assisted Coding: A Glimpse at the Future of HIM Technology"