Grouper Certification

Grouper Software Testing and Certification

Grouper software is used to apply the AR-DRG logic to determine the major diagnostic category (MDC) and diagnosis related group (DRG) for acute hospital stays using clinical and demographic information from the patient medical record.

For AR-DRG Versions 3.0 to 6.0, the grouper software specifications had been created by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) and then licensed to a number of software developers who build their own implementation of the specification. DoHA undertook the evaluation and certification testing for those products to ensure correct grouping results were produced by all grouper software products offered for sale.

As the NCCC was responsible for the development of AR-DRG V7.0, and the creation of the associated grouper software specifications, it is also responsible for the testing and certification of the V7.0 grouper software products.

Compliance testing for V7.0 was undertaken to evaluate whether the software produces the correct grouping result. The NCCC also tested the implementation of 8th Edition ICD-10-AM/ ACHI back mappings, to ensure that the correct grouping result was also achieved when grouping to V6.0 and older AR-DRG versions. Other features of the software were not tested.  While certified products generate identical grouping results they differ greatly with regard to the design of the user interface, software features and hardware requirements.

Separate to having of their software products tested for compliance with AR-DRG Grouping specifications, software developers must also hold licences issued by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) allowing them to sell their product within AR-DRG licenced countries. This licencing process is currently underway.

Intending purchasers should contact the vendors listed below.

Software vendor contact details:

Developer

AR-DRG Version

Contact Information

3M Australia Pty Ltd
Health Information Systems
4.0
4.1
4.2
5.0
5.1
5.2
6.0
7.0
Jane Saphin
Email: jsaphin@mmm.com
Web: www.3M.com
Tel:(02) 9498 9711
Fax:(02) 9498 9375
Laeta Pty Ltd4.0
4.1
4.2
5.0
5.1
5.2
6.0
7.0
Christopher Aisbett
Email: laeta@laeta.com.au
Web: http://www.laeta.com.au/
Tel: (02) 9399 8994
Fax: (02) 9398 7447
Clarisoft Pty Ltd3.2
4.0
4.1
4.2
5.0
5.1
5.2
6.0
Michael Richter
Email: business@clarisoft.com.au
Web: http://www.clarisoft.com.au
Tel: (07) 5549 2259
 
Visasys Pty Ltd3.2
4.0
4.1
4.2
5.0
5.1
5.2
6.0
7.0
Alan Hodkinson
Email: alan@visasys.com.au
Web: http://www.visasys.com.au/
Tel: (02) 6290 1970
Fax: (02) 6290 1971

 

 

Last reviewed: 22 February, 2013