One of the many formalities for junior doctors is ensuring that each patient is correctly registered with the right ICD code.
The ICD is the international standard diagnostic classification for all general epidemiological, many health management purposes, and clinical use.
These include the analysis of the general health situation of population groups and monitoring of the incidence and prevalence of diseases and other health problems in relation to other variables such as the characteristics and circumstances of the individuals affected, reimbursement, resource allocation, quality and guidelines.
It is used to classify diseases and other health problems recorded on many types of health and vital records including death certificates and health records.
As such, it is quite handy to be able to carry a copy of all the codes with you for easy access. We have previously seen an iPhone attempt at this; however, we have not tried out many Android versions, until now.
ICD 10 is a free app that contains an offline list of all the codes a doctor might need.
Upon opening the app, the user is presented with a list of general chapters with the majority split by system e.g. circulatory, respiratory. I found the user interface was relatively poor and purely functional with little to no effort with regards to aesthetic design.
This industrial design was further ruined by the presence of advertisements at the top of every page except the title page. Tapping through each system leads through a simple menu until the appropriate code is found.
I was pleased to see there was a search function in place which significantly reduced time spent wandering through menus. This search function updated as you typed which was another useful time saving measure. Another useful feature is the ability to favorite certain codes for easy access in the future.
One of the strengths of ICD 10 codes app is the fact that all the information is stored locally meaning no connectivity is required. This app could easily benefit from a number of functions such as the ability to export a particular code via email or the addition of an history function.
- Search function
- Ability to favourite regularly used codes
- Advertisements on every page
- Basic user interface and design
- ICD 10 Disease codes app is a purely functional app with a basic UI
- The chronic use of adverts was extremely off-putting and frustrating
- I would not recommend this app to anybody unless they had a desperate need to carry an offline copy of the ICD 10 codes