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New national standard for clinical coding Saudi healthcare information

Saudi Arabia: Sunday, May 22 - 2011 @ 12:23

ICD-10-AM is the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification – essentially a coding of diseases and signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances and external causes of injury or diseases, as classified by the World Health Organization.

Hospitals around the world record the symptoms of all patients. Clinical coders then translate the notes into universal codes, whose source is ICD-10. Australia’s National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCH) then took the coding system a step further, creating ICD-10-AM, which now includes codes for treatments as well.

“Health experts across the globe use these codes to track the spread of diseases and epidemics, identify common causes of death and illnesses by geographic region and improve health service planning at the local and national levels. By adopting ICD-10-AM (Australian Modification), the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health, the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance, the Council of Health Services and major healthcare sectors will now be able to improve the quality of healthcare throughout the Kingdom and streamline health insurance communications by utilizing one common set of classification codes,” said Ms. Regina G. Weber, MBA, RHIA, Senior Coding Consultant, MedFormatix/Excellence Health Training Institute.

In recognition of the importance of this official adoption, the HIMSS Middle East Conference will take place on 29– 31 May 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh. Over 25 thought leaders from Canada, France, Middle East, United Kingdom and USA will gather to share insights, discuss emerging trends, strategies and lessons learnt from eHealth initiatives elsewhere around the globe, to help 400 regional and international delegates transform healthcare in their respective countries.

Expert speakers will specifically explain about the use of coding in improving quality of health care, streamlining health insurance communications and cost containments as well as the key aspects of implementing ICD-10-AM and AR-DRGs.

The speakers include:

• Ms. Regina G. Weber, MBA, RHIA, Senior Coding Consultant, MedFormatix/Excellence Health Institute
• Mr. Hussein Albishi, BSc HIM, Dip HA, CHIM, Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Health for Planning & Development/Clinical Coding Specialist
• Dr. Abid H. Al-Badr, BDS, MPH, MHSA, DrPH, Co-founder and Lead Consultant, MedFormatix
• Ihab M. Abu Hamdeh, Senior Health Information Specialist and Medical Coding Project Manager, King Fahad Specialist Hospital
• Saud Saad Albugami, Acting Director, Health Information Management Department, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital

In addition, the Saudi government budget allocation of SR68.7bn for healthcare services and social development for the year 2011 will also help generate partnership deals with vendors, suppliers and service providers.

“The Kingdom is witnessing rapid healthcare IT growth and demand fuelled by a major national effort by the Ministry of Health to employ electronic health records,” commented H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President & CEO.

As well as discussing ICD-10-AM, high level officials and global experts from leading healthcare organizations will gather and speak at HIMSS Middle East Leadership Summit and Health IT Conference, one of the most important gatherings of healthcare leaders and Senior Executive Management in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this year.

With the healthcare IT implementations projects growing strongly, the Leadership Summit, will examine the outlook for the broader Middle East healthcare industry as regional and international leaders address current challenges and provide insights into future plans and potential solutions.

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