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Tips and how-to articles from the 3M HDD team about various standard and local terminologies.

By now, you may have come across sex and gender being treated as two separate concepts, which sometimes results in confusion and overlap in how they are used to encode data in healthcare, especially if the two domains appear to share the same members (e.g., male and female in both value sets).

What’s new for the 2018 ICD-10-CM

The fiscal year 2018 edition (effective October 1st, 2017) has fewer changes than the previous year’s update, but the revisions are useful and highly anticipated. Here are the highlights:

Working with UCUM

UCUM stands for Unified Code for Units of Measure.
Mapping between the code systems of different countries: A case study – CCI to ICD-10-PCS.

Many ‘Flavors’ of ICD

The acronym of ‘ICD’ means ‘International Classification of Diseases’ of the World Health Organization (WHO).
In the industry there are many available methods, such as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Ligase Chain Reaction (LCR), and Transcription-Mediated Amplification (TMA), for detecting infectious disease through molecular diagnostics.

Radiology within LOINC®

The inclusion of Radiology terms within LOINC® began in January 2000 with the purpose of specifying a distinct study from a generic report type.
LOINC is based on a six-axis perspective of what is being evaluated: component, property, timing, system, scale and method.

Term Types in RxNorm

When you are selecting an RxNorm code, be aware of the different Term Types (TTY) available

SNOMED CT Hierarchy & Structure

As mentioned in a previous tip of the month, SNOMED CT is not merely a large list of encoded medical terms.