Healthcare IT Consulting on Rise with Concerns over ICD-10

healthcare IT consultingWith the looming implementation of ICD-10, the healthcare industry sees a rise in technology consulting to ensure the smooth transition of its systems. ICD-10, a system utilized by healthcare companies to classify and code all diagnoses, symptoms, and procedures recorded in conjunction with hospital care in the US, is scheduled to begin use on October 1, 2013.

“ICD-10-CM, like ICD-9-CM, is based on the International Classification of Diseases, which is published by the World Health Organization (WHO). The International Classification of Diseases uses alphanumeric codes to identify known diseases and other health issues. According to WHO, the ICD helps with the storage and retrieval of diagnostic information and in the compilation of national mortality and morbidity statistics. The ICD-10-CM revision has more than 68,000 diagnostic codes, compared to the 13,000 found in ICD-9-CM. The revision also includes twice as many categories, and it introduces alphanumeric category classifications for the first time,” according to Health IT News.

An independent study conducted by KLAS shows how leading providers around the country are hiring third-party IT consulting firms to help in the transition from ICD-9 (see graph).

KLAS reveals that “…providers rated EMR vendors Cerner, Epic and Siemens highest in their ICD-10 preparedness, whereas Allscripts and MEDITECH rate lowest.” The major benefit of using a third-party IT consulting firm is ensuring business continuity.

If you are a healthcare organization in the Boston, New York or Philadelphia area, are you prepared for ICD-10? Challenges that healthcare providers face will include staff readiness, system adoption and data transfer. Without an adequate backup system it is possible that sensitive and valuable data could be lost or exposed. Contact an experience IT consulting firm for a consultation regarding your needs.

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