Today's Career of the Day: Medical Coder
Medical coders use an international system of codes. "Almost every country in the world codes and abstracts clinical information, which is submitted to the World Health Organization [WHO]," says Gail Crook. She is the executive director of a health record association.
"WHO, many decades ago, devised a clinical coding system for diagnostic information."
This set of codes is called the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The ICD is used to classify the diagnoses and procedures in order to bill the patient or the patient's insurance provider. Medical codes are also assigned to assess the clinical care of the patient and can be used to support medical research activity.