From 3M Health Information Systems
Bridging the gap: How international medical coding can unite the world
The world of international medical coding is fascinating. Medical coders take many diverse approaches and face unique challenges across different countries.
By understanding the nuances of the different code sets and classifications, coders are provided with new challenges and opportunities to learn from each other and improve patient care worldwide. It’s crucial to look to the future for changes to pave the way for a universal coding language, enabling healthcare professionals and systems worldwide to seamlessly exchange information.
Medical coding practices can vary widely between countries, with different code sets, regulations and policies governing the process. However, there are some commonalities and differences to note when comparing medical coding in the United States to other countries.
Michelle Badore, global clinical and nosology content manager at 3M Health Information Systems.