Dr. Dhirendra Verma and Dr. Ali M. EI-Sayed in the Preface point out that disease classification and coding is the principal tool used by medical records personnel to understand the patient s total situation. No doubt, this comprehensive guidebook on International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10 Coding) with detailed explanations, suitable examples and appropriate coding exercises is indispensable for doctors and medical records personnel for better comprehension. Both authors have a wide experience as they have organized training programmes and workshops on ICD in Kuwait and other countries during the past 25 years. In the study of illness and death, the statistics generated by Disease Coding contributes to better management of health care . The authors rightly say that these medical statistics are very useful for clinics & hospitals, offices of vital & health statistics, medical records offices, social welfare and insurance organizations, health surveys, World Health Organization, and numerous other agencies . By Disease Coding, we can hope to effectively cure different ailments and diseases afflicting an increasingly large number of people. How will this be done? The answer is quite clear. We would be able to know the full history of the patient s disease with the help of record retrieval created by Disease Coding. The doctors in future may have correct answers to all diseases as they have full record of the patient s disease. The writers aptly clarify with an illustration. An example would be hypertensive renal disease. Suitable coding would allow all relevant cases of this condition to be identified quickly and effectively . Another example is from Morbidity Coding. The term morbidity includes ailments and injuries. Morbidity data is collected from hospital records, school health records, armed services records, and health surveys. Such data will provide clues to the disease, and the decisions can be easily made about preventive measures. Every person-regardless of station, race, or creed has the right to proper medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health. ICD-Coding by revealing the patient s total situation will be of great help in achieving our goal of human happiness and well-being. This is one of the most brilliant books written about health care with practice of ICD-10 Coding. This will prove to be one of the most influential books of contemporary times in the field of health care with its great emphasis on retrieving record of the patient s disease wth the help of ICD-10 Coding. There is not much doubt in my mind that in future by this action and technique of Disease Coding the incurable diseases like cancer and AIDS may be fully controlled. Realizing the great importance of Disease Coding in creating a world free from diseases and ailments, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed new code sets to be used for reporting diagnoses and procedures on health care transactions. Under the proposal, the ICD-9-CM code sets would be replaced with the ICD-10 code sets, effective October 1, 2013. For a good many years, the healthcare managers, medical records aministrators and doctors will remember this illuminating book. This is an indispensable book for them. --prlog.org/10814681-icd-10-coding-the-battle-against-disease.html
About the Author
Dr. Dhirendra Verma received his Master's and Doctoral degrees from Canada's St. Mary's and Dalhousie Univeristy, respectively. He taught Anatomy & Physiology at the Faculty of Paramedical Sciences, Nova Scotia Institute of Technology, in Halifax for 16 years before joining Kuwait's Ministry of Health as a Specialist in Disease Classification & Coding. He also held the position of Administrative Director at two large hospitals of Kuwait. He has extensive experince of teaching ICD in several countries. His publications include over 45 research articles and four books, the most recent being A Concise Medical Dictionary for Healthcare Practitioners. Dr. Ali M. El-Sayed holds an MD and MPH degree from the Alexandria University, Egypt. For several years he worked on the project Ecology of Trachoma in Rural Egypt before joining the Ministry of Health as a Medical Biostatistician & Specialist in Disease Coding, a job that he currently holds. Apart from coding and analyzing morbidity and mortality data for the State of Kuwait he has held periodic workshops and orientation programmes in Disease Coding at Kuwait and other Gulf countries. He has 30 publications to his credit, including an Arabic translation of ICD-9 (3-Digit Categories) and a Manual in Arabic on determinig the underlying cause of death, as per WHO norms.