Unless you live under a rock, the United States will finally join the rest (most) of the free world in transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10. This transition will affect every part of every provider’s practice from documentation and billing to referrals and software upgrades. Many have been equating the countdown to the transition to a doomsday clock as fears of prolonged charting, billing complications, and lost revenue run amok in the press.
We made a list of the top free ICD apps, but want to take a look at an app from a trusted app developer, Dr Evan Schoenberg.
Here on iMedicalApps.com, we have been fans of Dr Schoenberg’s numerous iOS, Android, and Windows apps for years. I have been using his ICD-9 app for years as well as many of his other excellent apps: Perfect OB Wheel, MediMath, Med Mnemonics and ATP III Lipids. We have reviewed most of these apps, and others over the years, and found all of them to be simple, elegant and competitively priced.
How Dr Schoenberg does all this while working as a practicing ophthalmologist is beyond me, but his latest entry is ICD-10 Consult. This app combines the data from his existing ICD-9 Consult and adds in the new coding system data of ICD-10. The app is more than just a list of codes. The app includes smart text entry with thousands of medical abbreviations built in as well as significant documentation of each code to help ensure proper reimbursement. Finally, the app includes the ability to translate ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes wherever possible.
Let’s try out ICD-10 Consult to see how well it helps code some common outpatient encounters.
Evidence based medicine
ICD-10 appears to include all of the ICD-10 coding information one would need for rapid coding at the point of care. The app does not cite where the coding documentation comes from though it includes extensive additional “chapters” of coding data that reads like a mini-coding textbook. The apps slick interface takes advantage of numerous open source programs which can be viewed under the extensively documented “Legal” section of the app. All of the cited/included information appears to be accurate; time will tell.
What providers would benefit from this App?
Nurses, clinic administrators, residents, mid-levels, any staff provider who sees patients and codes for their work.
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- Free ($4.99 for ad-free version)
- Simple interface that “walks” you through the coding process up to 7 digits.
- Outstanding explanation of additional coding steps, associated codes/diagnoses.
- Ability to convert ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes.
- “Green to red” coding process in the app ensures proper code selected.
- Going “back” in app after selecting code not intuitive..
- Unclear source of the ICD 10 coding data. Is it complete?
- Not available for Android at this time.
An outstanding ICD 10 coding app from a trusted developer. The app combines an easy to use interface with a “red to green” coding strategy to ensure providers have adequately selected the proper code for every encounter/diagnosis.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Simple to use and overall effective strategy to ensure providers code properly.
- Multimedia Usage
App contains many shortcuts, “smart” search terms with thousands of synonyms, diagnoses.
App is free; $4.99 for ad-free version.
- Real World Applicability
For providers who have not yet selected a coding app to use on 1 October, ICD 10 Consult is an outstanding place to start. The app takes the already excellent and popular ICD 9 app and ensures providers are prepared for the coming ICD 10 apocalypse.
- Device Used For Review
iPhone 6 running iOS 9.1
- Available for DownloadiPhoneiPad