Medical coding is a high-tech industry that relies on highly specialized software to help doctors diagnose and treat patients.
The technology has a long history in medicine and many people, including medical coders, say they want to be a part of that history.
“I’ve always loved technology and it was the first thing that I saw when I was younger,” said Dr. Robert E. Miller, a medical coder who works in Tucson.
“I’ve been doing this for about 15 years now.
I’m really excited to be here.”
For the past five years, Miller and other medical codies have worked to create the Medical Code of Arizona, an online code that will allow doctors to share medical information on the internet.
The code is designed to be as open as possible and can be viewed by anyone.
It includes everything from medical conditions and symptoms to prescription medication, birth certificates, birth control information and more.
“It’s kind of a guidepost to how the world of medical coding works,” Miller said.
“We want to help the public to be able to make informed decisions about their health care.”
The code has about 100,000 signatures and counting.
It’s designed to help people with complex medical conditions, as well as those with less complex conditions, communicate with doctors, hospitals and doctors in other states.
“The biggest thing is the information is open, but it’s not super clear,” Miller added.
“It’s like asking someone what their medication is, but you don’t know what it is or where it comes from.”
The medical coding movement has gained momentum recently.
Last year, more than 1,000 coders launched their own websites and apps.
And in November, an Arizona law passed that made medical coding mandatory for all Arizona residents, even those who have insurance.
The law also required hospitals to notify coders if they require a medical code and gave them 30 days to change the code.
“For some of the older coders who haven’t gotten the code, they don’t have a clue about the law yet,” Miller noted.
“For the new coders it’s very different.
They don’t understand the law.
They’re really excited.”
Miller is hopeful that the state will pass the new medical coding law soon.
If the bill passes, he said, the medical coding industry will be booming.
“This is an amazing time to be in the medical industry,” Miller continued.
“This is a new era in the industry.”