About Autocoding

Vault Coder can store a record of previously coded Code Requests called a Synonym List. Coder uses the Synonym List to autocode. During autocoding, Vault Coder evaluates pending Code Requests and compares their coding properties to Synonyms in the Synonym List. If there is an exact match between the code request’s properties and the patterns stored within the Synonym List, Vault Coder automatically assigns the corresponding code to the Code Request. If there is no match, Vault Coder attempts to autocode from the assigned coding dictionary release (when configured). Autocoding drastically reduces workload for clinical coders.

When Does Vault Coder Autocode

Vault Coder autocodes whenever a new Code Request is added or during the Autocoding and Suggestions job. The Autocoding and Suggestions job does not run automatically. A user with the appropriate permissions must run the job or schedule it in advance. See Scheduling Autocoding and Suggestions Jobs for details.

Adding to Synonym Lists

Coder users can add a Code Request as a record in a Synonym List as they are coding, if they want future matching records to be assigned the same code during autocoding. To do this, toggle Add to Synonym List? to Y (Yes) in the Coding panel before clicking Code or Code + Next.

Add to Synonym List toggled to Y for Yes

Coding administrators can create Synonym Lists and assign them to Forms for autocoding from Coder Tools. See Managing Synonym Lists for details.