Medical codexes you should know

A review of the medical codexes that you will see most frequently as a health informaticist

Let's talk about some important medical codexes that you'll come across quite often in your work. Don't worry if you've never heard the word "codex" before – it's just a fancy word for a set of rules or guidelines.

Now, let's dive into the world of medical codexes!

Codex NameDescriptionOpen SourceMaintaining OrganizationExample Codes
ICD-10International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition. Used to classify and code different diseases, injuries, and conditions.NoWorld Health Organization (WHO)A09 (Infectious gastroenteritis and colitis)
ICD-10-CMICD-10 Clinical Modification. The version of ICD codes managed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).NoCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)C50.912 (Malignant neoplasm of female breast)
CPTCurrent Procedural Terminology. Used to code medical procedures such as surgeries, tests, and treatments.NoAmerican Medical Association (AMA)99213 (Office or other outpatient visit)
SNOMED CTSystematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms. Comprehensive codex covering medical terms, findings, and procedures.YesInternational Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO)404684003 (Myocardial infarction)
LOINCLogical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes. Specifically designed for laboratory tests and observations.YesRegenstrief Institute2951-2 ( [Mass/volume] in Serum or Plasma)
RxNormFocuses on medications and their ingredients. Used for accurate communication and identification of specific drugs.YesNational Library of Medicine (NLM)329474 (Aspirin 81 MG Oral Tablet)
HCPCSHealthcare Common Procedure Coding System. Identifies medical services not covered by CPT codes, including equipment and prosthetics.NoCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)E0140 (Walker, with trunk support)
VCXVaccine Administered Code Set. Specifically used for coding and documenting administered vaccines.YesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)90686 (Influenza virus vaccine)
NPINational Provider Identifier. A unique identification number assigned to healthcare providers in the United States.NoCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)1234567890 (Example NPI)

So, there you have it – a brief overview of some commonly used medical codexes. As a health informaticist, understanding these codexes is vital for your work. They help organize and standardize medical data, making it easier to analyze, share, and provide quality care to patients.

Remember, these codexes are just tools to help us in our important work. They might seem complicated at first, but with practice and experience, you'll become familiar with them.

Last updated: 2023-07-01