Written by Angie Stewart
WHO has published a beta draft of the ICD-11 that includes new chapters and changes to code structures, according to ICD10 Monitor. Here are eight insights:
- With up to 13 dimensions, the ICD-11 is designed as an EHR-compatible database. It will link with the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine — Clinical Terms, which is currently a component of many EHRs.
- ICD-11 is structured in linearizations, incorporating features with a focus on mortality, morbidity, the degree of primary care, research and public health.
- There are no longer alpha “I” and “O” codes relating to cardiology and obstetrics, but “unspecifieds” are retained.
- Codes contain four characters before the decimal point, rather than three. There may be up to three characters after the decimal point.
- Additional codes building on the base code are included for specificity, laterality and anatomy. They help describe associated conditions or manifestations and describe injuries in greater detail.
- The ICD-11 draft contains seven new chapters, including Diseases of the Blood and Blood-forming Organs, Disorders of the Immune System, Conditions related to Sexual Health and Traditional Medicine.
- The draft is not final or approved by WHO; updated on a daily basis; and not intended to be used outside of field trials.
- When officially released, ICD-11 may help U.S. specialty groups build codes that more accurately describe conditions.