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Just when you thought it was safe, the World Health Organization has announced that the International Classification of Diseases is undergoing the 11th round of revisions. ICD-11 is scheduled to be finalized for presentation to the World Health Assembly by 2018, and is intended to be even more comprehensive than ICD-10. It’s understood than the ICD is being continuously updated and developed, but ICD-11’s impending introduction may be a tough pill to swallow, especially for those who have just gotten their bearings within ICD-10’s busy waters.

Fortunately, it may not be time to quake with fear quite yet. The United States took its time adopting ICD-10, and the assimilation of ICD-11 into the US’ healthcare culture will most likely be a lengthy process…but it doesn’t hurt to brace for impact. ICD-10 was expected to have a negative effect on workflow by healthcare providers and other users but the new interactive revisions process is expected to eliminate some of that risk by enabling broad participation.

Get Involved

ICD users now, for the first time ever, can access beta ICD-11 to watch or participate in the database’s creation. Healthcare providers, insurers, researchers, and more have been invited to engage with those making revisions to ensure the ICD-11 is even more useful and comprehensive than its predecessors.

Propose improvements, make comments, and more by accessing the ICD-11 browser.