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Alison_Diana
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10/24/2014 | 10:35:30 AM
Re: ICD-10 wont' save us from Ebola
No, ICD-10 won't save us from Ebola but what many executives hope we take away from this crisis are larger lessons that healthcare, government, and consumers can translate to other likely epidemics in the future. That's why some were adament that patching Ebola-specific features into EHRs is short-sighted; rather, they said, we should use this virus as a prompt to adopt flexible, open capabilities that will work equally well for Ebola, anthrax, smallpox, measles, swine flu, or something we've not even heard of yet.
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10/24/2014 | 10:32:17 AM
Donation Update
As reported in this morning's USA Today, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donated $100,000,000 to the US State Department for containment units to evacuate health professionals from West Africa. Bill and Melinda Gates' foundation gave $50 million. 
David F. Carr
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10/24/2014 | 10:04:40 AM
ICD-10 wont' save us from Ebola
While it's true the ICD-10 coding mandate that was supposed to be implemented this Fall (before Congress authorized a delay) includes many more diagnosis codes, I can't imagine that would have made a difference in the Dallas case that resulted in the first Ebola death in the US. The problem was the clinicians didn't recognize the warning signs and didn't know what they were dealing with when the patient first showed up at the emergency room (or even later, when he was first admitted to the hospital).

Once the diagnosis was made, it didn't require an ICD-10 code to communicate that to anyone in the hospital -- it was being announced in press conferences and broadcast everywhere. If Ebola were to spread more widely, proper coding might eventually be useful for statistical tracking of the disease. But not for detection and treatment.
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