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Classification and Terminology

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Judy Bielby, MBA, RHIA

Classification and terminology professionals ensure that the coding rules, conventions and guidelines are applied correctly and consistently. Their work is key to the efficient exchange of data between computers and other systems. They ensure that medical records are suitable for communication between a variety of users, including care providers, clinical researchers and business operations managers.

Individuals who work in these jobs should be detail-oriented and have good logic and analytical skills. They should also be assertive but willing to learn and open-minded about change.

“It wasn’t until I worked in quality and risk management that I truly recognized the importance of people who deal with terminologies and classifications and the contribution that I could make to this area,” says Judy Bielby, MBA, RHIA, clinical assistant professor.

According to the American Health Information Management Association, classification and terminology positions are in high demand, including the following specific employment opportunities:

Learn about the importance of classification and terminology in this short video.

Note: this is a look into the future of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Disease (ICD). ICD-10 is currently in use, but codes shown in the video are ICD-11 codes which is not yet implemented. Read more on the ICD revision process.

Last modified: Jul 08, 2019

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