ICD-10 Basics: Advancing Healthcare IT

By: Ann Frischkorn Chenoweth

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.

2 responses to “ICD-10 Basics: Advancing Healthcare IT

  1. Sounds like a good model standard.

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