Lessons Learned from the Transition to ICD-10-CM: Redefining Syndromic Surveillance Case Definitions for NC DETECT

Anna E. Waller, Katherine J. Harmon, Amy Ising


On October 1, 2015, all US hospitals will be required to transition from using ICD-9-CM codes to ICD-10-CM codes for billing and administrative purposes. This study describes the lessons learned from a statewide syndromic surveillance system, NC DETECT, for handling the transition. This study describes the updating of existing surveillance case definitions to ICD-10-CM, the development of new ICD-10-CM case definitions, the challenges and rewards of the transition to ICD-10-CM, and an assessment of the updated case definitions used in syndromic surveillance of emergency department data.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v8i1.6492

Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 * http://ojphi.org