‘automation’ icon by Angga Febri Prasetyo P. from the Noun Project

Where does one begin with a concept as potentially convoluted and byzantine as the automation of a clinical coding function within an NHS Trust? (I will henceforth refer to this function as ‘coding’, apologies to my programmer colleagues). How would you go about it…why would you bother? Questions well asked and ones I’ve considered more than once since starting my career in clinical coding eightish years ago.

This is the first in a (hopefully) series of blog posts where I will attempt to give form to my thoughts around the potential of automating coding…In truth this is also my first…


‘automation’ icon by Angga Febri Prasetyo P. from the Noun Project

In my last post I gave an introductory piece about my professional background, described from my perspective the issues a manual coding process faces and touched briefly on the potential of an automated coding service. The response from colleagues both within my Trust and across the sector has been fantastic and if you’re still here reading then I’d like to personally thank you — as I said in my previous post this is my first foray into committing my thoughts to ‘paper’ in such a way and it’s proving challenging in all the right ways. …

Christian Bennett-Evans

Loving dad to 3, proud geek, slack Christian, Leeds fan. Current Head of Clinical Coding @KettGeneral . All views my own.

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