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HAAD: Abu Dhabi’s Healthcare Facilities to Adopt International Coding System for Statistical Classification of Diseases
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05 March 2017

Abu Dhabi – March 5, 2017: The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has announced its successful implementation of the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10 CM) for all healthcare facilities operating in the Emirate as of January 1st, 2017. 

 By adopting this medical classification list based on the World Health Organization (WHO), HAAD has become one of the few regulatory bodies in the world to apply this standard after its first implementation in the United States a year ago.
ICD-10 CM classifies diseases, symptoms and causes in the form of codes, thereby allowing for the registration, analysis, evaluation and comparison of mortality and disease-related data. This classification system also facilitates the comparison of data from different areas within the same country or from various other countries that employ the same classification.

Dr. Asma Al Mannaei, Director of healthcare quality at HAAD stated: “By implementing the ICD-10 CM coding system, we aim to enhance the overall quality of services provided to all patients. Accurately documenting patients’ health conditions through this system allows for an easier way to track and follow-up on their conditions, while also facilitating the referral process from one health institution to another.”

The new coding system will improve the quality of services, reduce errors in the diagnoses coding, enhance the analysis of disease patterns, and detect fraud cases. It is also set to enhance the tracking process of disease outbreaks and epidemics, and improve the efficiency of financial claims, particularly with the Electronic Health Record (EHR).

Lina Jichi, Head of Health Financing Advisory and Monitoring at HAAD, explained: “Applying the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems is considered an important step for the healthcare sector in Abu Dhabi Emirate, and a reflection of the latest healthcare developments and modern technologies adopted within the medical field. The previous version of the system was challenging; however, with this latest version, we’re now able to document the detailed diagnosis identified by most up-to-date procedures and reduce the number of rejected claims - which had occurred in the past due to a lack of information or insufficient coding options.”

Healthcare institutions in Abu Dhabi can now use 68,000 medical codes to document diagnoses, as opposed to the 14,000 codes applied through the ICD’s 9th edition. Throughout the past year, HAAD made sure to organise a number of preparative workshops for healthcare institutions and health insurance companies, including multiple Physicians’ documentation training sessions; in order to make sure the sector made a smooth transition to the new coding system.


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