Using ICD codes in applications

Introduction to ICD

The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, usually called by the short-form name International Classification of Diseases (ICD), is the international “standard diagnostic tool for epidemiology, health management and clinical purposes” according with World Health Organization (WHO).

The ICD is designed as a health care classification system, providing a system of diagnostic codes for classifying diseases, including nuanced classifications of a wide variety of signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances, and external causes of injury or disease. This system is designed to map health conditions to corresponding generic categories together with specific variations, assigning for these a designated code, up to six characters long. Thus, major categories are designed to include a set of similar diseases.

ICD is revising periodically and the latest version is ICD-10. ICD-11 is planned to be released on 2017.

Using ICD in applications

In some situations could be useful to import those data into Endobase, for the PCI codes for example.

You can download tables in Excel (xlsx) and text format for ICD-9 and ICD-10 from Internet.

In case we need to include the codes inside a database, we can use the following steps:


Wikipedia – International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems

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