I’ve been having a number of conversations with people about the coming switch over to ICD-10. Invariably those conversations lead to a discussion around how EHR vendors have implemented ICD-10. I can pretty much promise you that every EHR vendor still in business has some way to support ICD-10. However, just because they can support entry of an ICD-10 code doesn’t mean they’re providing the EHR user a good tool to discover the correct ICD-10 code.
This discussion was highlighted really well in these two tweets:
— Steve Sisko (@ShimCode) September 17, 2015
And Joe’s response:
— Joe Lavelle (@Resultant) September 17, 2015
I’ve only seen one EHR vendor who had an amazing ICD-10 coding tool. It basically did all the coding for you as part of the documentation. I’ll be interested to see how well that tool plays out in a real life environment, but their approach is unique and beautiful. I’ve seen some others that do a decent job. I’ve seen others that still apply the standard search box methodology that’s been used for ICD-9. Good luck to those people.
However, this tweet from Erin Head made me cringe even more:
— Erin Head (@ErinHead_HIM) September 17, 2015
I’ll be interested to see how doctors still on paper react to the change to ICD-10. It’s coming! Are you ready? Is your EHR ready or do they just say they’re ready? We’ll know soon.