A tale of new standards
from Greenhouse Associates
The U.S. healthcare system is going through a wrenching change as it nears the deadline for implementing ICD-10, the latest version of its standard classification for medical diagnoses. This story illustrates the difficulties of establishing industry standards even when they have enormous long-term benefits. Officially known as the International Classification of Diseases, earlier versions have been in use since the 1960s, but ICD-10 represents a quantum leap in comprehensiveness and complexity.
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