The PLATOCODE engine is not an ordinary Natural Language Processing (NLP) system. Nor is it a decision tree system that searches for keywords and walks the coder towards a possible code. The PLATOCODE system uses a patented and completely unique process that truly "reads" and comprehends a clinical chart without relying on batteries of rules or statistical estimations.
As a result, the PLATOCODE solution is not limited to specialties where there is a small number of source documents for coding, a high volume of repetitive cases or a limited clinical vocabulary. The PLATOCODE engine was designed to produce codes for ambulatory surgery - a highly variable coding task including the need for CPT codes and modifiers- and before that, for complex inpatient charts. You can still code the simple stuff with the PLATOCODE solution, but if you need to code more complex cases, you can do that too.
The patented PLATOCODE process analyzes the text and semantics of a medical record in three dimensions. The system analyzes each word, each sentence and the entire context of the document before determining appropriate codes. Under development by the PLATOCODE company since 1992, this form of logic is often referred to as artificial intelligence and is arguably the most advanced application in medical coding today.
The patented PLATOCODE process converts clinical documentation into a binary pattern that retains all of the rich clinical detail.
Charts are coded by passing their binary pattern through one or more code set filters.
Whenever a match is found, the correct code is displayed.