PAHO Classifies Diseases in Anguilla, 18-22 October

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Separate workshops for doctors and other health personnel, called medical coders, were arranged for this week, as part of an initiative by the Pan American Health Organisation. The sessions were aimed at classifying all diseases in Anguilla using a standardised system known as the “International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision.”

Separate workshops for doctors and other health personnel, called medical coders, were arranged for this week, as part of an initiative by the Pan American Health Organisation. The sessions were aimed at classifying all diseases in Anguilla using a standardised system known as the “International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision.”

Medical Code workers with Margaret Hazlewood (left)

PAHO consultant and workshop facilitator, Margaret Hazlewood, who is based in Barbados, told The Anguillian: “It is a classification that is used internationally to facilitate data collection, data storage, data retrieval and comparisons.” She explained that the PAHO had undertaken to train persons in the Caribbean region to accurately code mortal and morbid conditions and statistics.

The workshop for the doctors was tailored for them in that they are the health providers who are required to begin the chain of data collection. “They have to write the diagnosis, complete the discharge summary and the death certificate,” she stated. “They set in motion data collection in health. Once they have completed the discharge summary, and the death certificate, it is passed on to the medical coders who will now have to translate that diagnosis into an alpha numeric code.”

The workshop for the doctors was for a period of two nights, at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Conference Room, and the one for the medical codes was organised for a period of five days at the Community College.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 17:26