Is your business ready for ICD-10? ICD-10 is a new coding standard for those within the medical industry. In past years, medical professionals had a total of 14,000 codes that were necessary to treat and diagnose patients. ICD-10 has upgraded these diagnosis codes with 54,000 additional codes — for a total of 68,000. Many organizations were not prepared for this switch up to a month prior to it and are still attempting to ease the transition.
Upgrading IT Systems for ICD-10
Those with larger IT infrastructures and systems may want to review their current IT solutions to ensure that they are still compliant. In particular, electronic health records will need to be carefully handled. Further, many organizations may be switching from legacy software solutions to more current software solutions, as older legacy solutions may be locked into ICD-9. This switch must be carefully monitored or managed; data being transferred from one system to another could potentially be vulnerable to leaks.
An Increasing Shift to EHR
The transition to ICD-10 is an excellent time to refresh staff security training. All data that includes HIPAA-protected information must be protected and encrypted at every stage of the process and electronic health records have to be maintained through compliant software solutions.