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The World Health Organisation publish the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD). A new version, ICD-10 was published in 1992.

I work in health care IT. Recently there has been quite a few advertisments and news articles that claim the ICD-9 to ICD-10 migration to be done in October 2013 is a Y2K-like opportunity.

To quote one below

As stated in an article titled, Issues Surrounding the Proposed Implementation of ICD-10, “In effect, this will be the most significant overhaul of the medical coding system since the advent of computers ... even more costly and involved than Y2K or HIPAA preparedness efforts”.

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Is it conversion step really big that it is comparable to Y2K?

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