Medical classification

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Medical classification, or medical coding, is the process of transforming descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures into universal medical code numbers. The diagnoses and procedures are usually taken from a variety of sources within the medical record, such as the transcription of the doctor's notes, laboratory results, radiologic results, and other sources. Diagnosis codes are used to track diseases, whether they are everyday diseases such as diabetes mellitus and heart disease, to contagious diseases such as norovirus, the flu, and athlete's foot. These diagnosis and procedure codes are used by government health programs, private health insurance companies, workers' compensation carriers and others.

Medical classification systems are used for a variety of applications in medicine and medical informatics

  • statistical analysis of diseases and therapeutic actions
  • reimbursement, e.g. based on DRGs
  • knowledge-based and decision support systems
  • direct surveillance of epidemic or pandemic outbreaks

Types of classification

List of medical classification systems

Specialized for medicine

Part of WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) [1]

Reference Classifications
Related Classifications
Derived Classifications

Other

Library classification that have medical components

See also

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