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Juarez hospital staff will learn about basic coding information

El Paso, TX, March 27, 2012 (PAHO/WHO) –The Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) U.S.-Mexico Border Office in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Jurisdiction II will held a workshop in Health Information Coding, Morbidity, Mortality and Medical Procedures for the encoder staff at Juarez hospitals and the Jurisdiction II. The workshop will be held at the premises of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission from the 26 to 30 of March, 2012.


The objective for the workshop is for participants to learn how to properly encode medical information based on the Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) and the Classification of Procedures of the Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD-9-MC). Health Services of the state of Chihuahua and the Chihuahua Institute of Health, determined to schedule this workshop in order to have their personnel trained in the area of ​​Morbidity and Mortality Coding. The course is structured along the lines dictated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and supported in the teaching material that has been provided by the Mexican Center for the Classification of Diseases (CEMECE, by its acronyms in Spanish).

Another benefit of the workshop is that there will be better encoded information that can be exchanged with other bodies such as the Observatory for Security and Citizen Conviventiality of the Juarez Municipality for statistical analysis and spatial decision support.


The Observatory for Security and Citizen Conviventiality of the Juarez Municipality is formed as a joint effort formed in November of 2008 by the Juarez Municipal Government, the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez and the United States-Mexico Border Office of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO). The Observatory is seen as a tool to be used to reliably measure the magnitude and characteristics of the most common forms of violence that occur in the area, in an on-going and timely manner, such that the information produced can be used to track appropriate indicators and to monitor the effect of public policies and interventions designed to improve health and safety conditions and allow for peaceful coexistence of all the population.

The Observatory hopes to provide a technical forum that is independent, autonomous and citizen-based, that will coordinate efforts by many agencies in order to produce information that will allow for a clear and comprehensive view of the problem of violence that result in deaths and injuries, both intentional or accidental, as well as provide a mapping capability that will serve to identify critical geographic points and assist the process of the making of public policies regarding safety.

The Observatory is one part of a comprehensive public health approach that views violence and injuries as a preventable problem that is everybody’s responsibility. This approach begins with the building of a data system that is reliable and adaptable to produce timely data on safety, which is sustainable and supported by agencies in all three levels of government (Federal, state and local) as well as non-government (civil society) organizations. Data and information generated by the observatory will be use to produce periodic reports, to present updated information in order to support decision making and investigation, and to inform the community. 

For more information please contact:
Lorely Ambriz, M.S.I.S
, Knowledge Management & Communication
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) United States-Mexico Border Office
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