ZHealth’s new Etch software uses interactive anatomical maps for faster and clearer documentation

Sept. 28, 2018

ZHealth unveiled Etch, the first-ever software platform that successfully addresses both the documentation and the coding challenges of complex cardiovascular procedures. Etch was launched at the 2018 American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) convention in Miami Beach, FL.

“From our 18 years of consulting, we found that only about half of these cases are accurately coded by hospitals. The average under-coding can be $140 to $200 per case, and that is just for Medicare reimbursement,” said Dr. David Zielske, president of ZHealth.

“We created Etch because we saw a need in the industry for improved coding accuracy rates associated with structured reporting systems. We’ve spent the past four years crafting a way to document procedures that is not only physician-friendly, but that also captures 100% of the essential information needed for proper coding. Our interactive anatomical maps make the system faster and clearer than traditional voice dictation alone. We built in an expert system to automatically code these cardiovascular procedures and give more power to the reviewer.” Dr. Zielske also noted that their patent-pending software interfaces directly with hospital hemodynamic systems, inventory systems, lab scheduling, and patient records to minimize documentation time and avoid redundant entry.

ZHealth reported that Etch has already been deployed in several hospitals with hundreds of cases successfully documented. The company expects many of its current consulting and publishing customers to consider the Etch platform.

For more information, visit www.zhealth.io/etchcv-solution/.

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