Anita Cornish B.Sc (HIM) Regional Health Information Manager

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Coding in a Rural Setting meeting the challenges in South Australia. Hills Mallee Southern Regional Health Service. Wakefield Health. Mid North Regional Health Service. Riverland Health Authority. South East Regional Health Service .
Coding in a Rural Setting meeting the challenges in South AustraliaHills Mallee Southern Regional Health ServiceWakefield HealthMid North Regional Health ServiceRiverland Health AuthoritySouth East Regional Health Service Anita Cornish B.Sc (HIM)Regional Health Information ManagerOrganizationEyre Regional Health ServiceNorthern & Far Western Regional Health ServiceSouth East Regional Health ServiceWakefield HealthMid North Regional Health ServiceNorthern & Far Western Regional Health ServiceRiverland Health AuthorityEyre Regional Health ServiceHills Mallee Southern Regional Health ServicesRegional Health Information Management Advisory ServiceMedical Record Management / QA / AccreditationMorbidity & FundingClassification SystemsData QualityInformation Systems / TechnologyCountry Coding Profile
  • 18.6 FTE Coders
  • 66 Health Services
  • Coders also perform administrative duties
  • Majority of coding is performed on-site
  • Coded specialities include: General Medicine, Surgery, Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Mental Health, Ophthalmology, ENT, Obstetrics, Neonates & Paediatrics
  • Coding Challenges Isolation“Jack of all trades”TravelOpportunity to network$$$$Participation in continuing educationDocumentationSuccession planningState reporting requirementsAccess to Medical OfficersProfileAddressing the Challenges
  • Regional Coding Networks / Forums
  • SA Country Coder Seminar
  • Forum for information sharingCoding bodyIdentify & facilitate continuing educationForum for support on HIS and softwarePromote the image of codingData submissionRegional Coding Networks / ForumsFormal MeetingClinical UpdatesPractical CodingRegional Coding Achievement AwardRegional Coding Networks / ForumsSA Country Coder Seminar
  • Extend existing networks to whole of country
  • ID strategies for challenges specific to country coders
  • Highlight coding developments
  • Provide practical coding direction
  • SA Country Coder SeminarConclusion
  • Coding in rural SA is challenging.
  • Rural Coders are significantly affected by their geographical and professional isolation.
  • Regional Coding Forums and the SA Country Coding Seminar provide opportunities for education, development and networking.
  • Contact DetailsAnita CornishRegional Health Information ManagerHMSRHS & RHAC/- Mt Barker DSM HospitalPO Box 42MT BARKER SA 5251Ph/Fax: (08) 8393 1799Email:
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