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19 Feb 2015 

WHO Introduces Free ICD 10 Self Learning Tool

WHO’s decision to delay the mandatory compliance of ICD 10 has relieved a large number of healthcare providers across the world. However, recent reports indicate that healthcare providers are still worried about the ICD 10 compliance although there is a year ahead for the same. As per its latest amendment, WHO postponed the mandatory of compliance of ICD 10 to 1st October 2015. 

Healthcare Providers Anxious about Getting Familiar with New Coding System in One Year

Most healthcare providers believe that they need more time to get familiar with the latest ICD 10 coding system. In fact, they find the one-year relaxation inadequate. While large hospitals are fine with the new coding system because they have already trained their staff in using the new coding system, small healthcare institutions are still a long way behind in getting familiar with the new coding system. For them, it is neither practical to send their employees to attend ICD 10 training programs nor to hire experts to conduct the training sessions. 

WHO Devices ICD 10 Training Tool

Meanwhile, it was reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) has devised a simple ICD 10 training tool, aimed at helping healthcare organizations across the world to get familiar with the new coding system. What is even more surprising is that the tool is totally free. The tool is ideal for both self-learning as well as classroom based learning. The structure of the tool is modular and therefore it can be easily manipulated to suit user groups. This way, the tool can help them plan out the courses for various types of learners. 

Focus of the Tool

The main focus of WHO’s training tool is to enable people to pick up lessons on ER coding and Impatient coding. In the progress of the training program, learners can pick up lessons on more complicated topics such as diagnostic codes and procedure codes. 

WHO Training Tool can Significantly Reduce the Cost of ICD 10 Transition 

The most attractive side of WHO’s ICD 10 training tool is that it can significantly reduce the cost for small healthcare providers to make a transition from ICD 9 to ICD 10. 

The initial feedbacks about the tool have been great and it is reported that more and more healthcare providers are adopting it to help their employees get familiar with the new coding system and be prepared for the mandatory compliance of ICD 10 next year. 

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