Performance Indicators for Coding Quality

PICQ® is a coding quality tool that leverages more than 600 indicators to objectively assess all records in a data set according to applicable clinical coding standards, coding conventions and coding rules.

PICQ® reviews both the disease and procedure codes used in a data set record and identifies inconsistencies in:

  • codes or code combinations that should have been prevented by basic edits
  • completeness (i.e. missing codes)

Part of PICQ®'s uniqueness is its approach to reporting, ensuring there is a true apples-to-apples comparison of data in order to assess a quality ratio.


By comparing results for a record to like-records, instead of an entire casemix, the quality ratio reflects an accurate view of coding proficiency.

Features & Benefits

Cloud Based
  • Intuitive and easy to use
  • IT involvement not required for updates
  • Dynamic access to latest updates
  • Hosted domestically (no data sent offshore)
  • Privacy & confidentiality of data secured

Automated Processing
  • Automatically collects & ingests data,
    processes information & distributes reports
  • No human handling required to:
    • Ingest data
    • Run reports
    • Separate output
    • Distribute output to users
Audit Every Record
  • Objectively assess each record in data set without having to
    randomly select records to review
  • Indentify:
    • Actual & potential coding errors
    • Specific records to review & correct (where appropriate)
    • Themes for training/education to support coders/clinicians
  • Nominate:
    • Possible causes for potential error(s)
    • Possible solution(s) for potential error(s)
  • Support:
    • Continuous review & amendment of coded data
    • Existing coding audit activities
  • Track accuracy & change (e.g. improvement) over timer for:
    • Individual coders
    • Individual clinicians
    • Individual Hospitals
    • Health organisations
  • Industry/Peer comparison (like-for-like)
Apply Anywhere
  • Can be applied at any stage of data collection
    • Can ingest data from PAS extract
    • Can ingest data from data warehouse extract
  • Assess episode-by-episode
    (as embedded within Q Coding PlatformTM)

Product Resources

Data Sheet