Twitter is good for many things. If you’re like me, it’s good for getting your content out there and for connecting with experts in health IT. If you’re like @EveryICD10, it’s good for publishing every single ICD-10 code. And there are a lot of them. There are 68,000 ICD 10 codes designated just for documenting diagnoses (compare that to the 14,000 ICD-9 diagnosis codes).
But this hasn’t seemed to deter @EveryICD10 from being well on the way to posting every single ICD-10 code and description. The Twitter account started posting the codes and their descriptions on July 9 and has been going strong ever since.
I asked them how long they thought it would take them to get through all the codes:
To which they cleverly replied:
The Twitter account was created and is managed by MedData, a provider of medical billing services. When you click on the website link on their Twitter page, you are immediately taken to a MedData webpage offering services to help healthcare organizations prepare for ICD-10.
Many in healthcare IT have felt overwhelmed by the number of codes — with some surveys showing that many doctors aren’t ready — while advocates of ICD-10 think the granularity and specificity the codes provide will be beneficial.
The World Health Organization has copyrighted and owns the ICD-10 codes. It’ll be interesting to see if the WHO has any reaction to this Twitter account.