Harris Helping Update VA Patient Coding System; Jim Traficant Comments

Harris Corp. will help the Department of Veterans Affairs implement updates to its system for searching codes that are used to diagnose patients.

According to a Thursday company release, the VA is transitioning from the ninth version of the International Classification of Diseases to the tenth version.

VA users will have a new search functionality to access diagnostic codes on patient form, said Jim Traficant, president of healthcare services.

Late last month, the Melbourne, Fla.-based communications contractor won an $80.3 million award to integrate health records for the VA and the Defense Department.

The company will a cloud-based virtualized middleware system to help process active duty service members as their records move from the active duty military health system to the VA’s system.

VA patient forms document information on demographics, allergies clinical reminders, problems during appointments and collect procedure, provider and diagnostic data about an appointment.

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