Upgrading to ICD-10 is a necessary step in realizing health IT potential. ICD-10 data are more easily retrieved in electronic format than ICD-9 data. Because the code set is more robust and up-to-date, it offers better mapping from SNOMED CT. The full benefits of a reference terminology such as SNOMED CT will not be realized if that system is mapped to an obsolete classification system such as ICD-9-CM.
Computer Assisted Coding (CAC) offers improved coding consistency, efficiency, and accuracy. The detailed and logical structure of ICD-10 simplifies the development of map rules and algorithms used in CAC applications. As a result, ICD-10 more easily enables CAC.
ICD-10 is a good opportunity to phase out aging and inflexible systems or to modernize legacy systems. Many CIOs I’ve met with state they are leveraging their ICD-10 readiness/system inventory work to consolidate redundant applications. Moreover it is giving them an opportunity to look for new platforms and vendor solutions which can be used across the enterprise.