Capturing Health Information: a perspectives paper

Walker, Sue M. (2006) Capturing Health Information: a perspectives paper. Health Information Management Journal, 35(3), pp. 13-22.


In a recent study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Mathers et al. (2005)discussed the current status of global reporting of mortality data, and several indicators of quality and completeness of coded data were examined. Unfortunately, no recognition was attributed to the capacity, knowledge and skills of individual coders to impact upon the quality of the data (Walker 2006). This paper explores some of the quality issues relating to coders, as identified in an international needs assessment study conducted through a joint collaboration between the Education Committee of the World Health Organization Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) and the International Federation of Health Records Organizations (IFHRO ) (Walker & McKenzie 2004). The study provides the first comprehensive view of coders of mortality and morbidity data internationally. This paper reports selected results from that survey, highlighting the need for recognised standards of uniform education for coders internationally.

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ID Code: 13610
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Public Health, Mortality, Morbidity, ICD, 10, Coders, Data Quality
ISSN: 1833-3575
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance) (111711)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Research Centres > National Centre for Health Information Research & Training
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA)
Deposited On: 22 May 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 03:19

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