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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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03 Feb 2015 

What Is Meaningful Use And What Are Its Benefits

In the healthcare industry, Meaningful Use refers to the usage of certified electronic health record technology in a meaningful manner. Such a use of EHR is considered responsible for improving the safety, efficiency, as well as the overall service quality provided to the patients. With this, it becomes easier for the healthcare centers to ensure better care coordination as well as maintain the privacy as well as security of the patients’ health information, without the same being leaked out.

There are three stages designed for Meaningful Use to support the eligible medical professionals as well as the medical centers to implement and use EHR properly. This helps them to improve the safety and quality of the healthcare system. This also helps to determine whether an organization will receive payments from the Federal Government under the Medical EHR Incentive Program.

This concept is mainly aimed at improving the quality and efficiency, but it also reduces the differences in the healthcare services provided. Evidently, Meaningful Use program would promote the widespread use of electronic health records systems, which ensures creating a well-developed infrastructure in the healthcare industry.

In order to qualify for this program’s incentive payments, the provider must adopt an EHR strategy and show that they are using the records ‘meaningfully’. This is usually done by meeting a number of objectives that are designed in order to have a positive impact on the patients’ care. Once an eligible healthcare provider has opted for a program, they are allowed to make a onetime switch from one to the other.

The key benefit of Meaningful Use is that it ensures improved coordination of healthcare services given to the patients. The information can be shared easily across the medical care communities and that can include physician offices, hospitals as well as other health systems. This also helps these healthcare centers to receive accurate medical information electronically and then share it with other systems over the Internet. Hence, patients can also play a more active role in ensuring their healthcare as well as of their families. 

Along with this, access to information about various medications, diagnoses, and medical conditions is also made possible, which reduces the overall risk of errors. 

The overall value of meaningfully using the EHR program is that it endorses a more efficient and safer way to medical practice and provide better care to the patients.

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