As it does when a global emergency persists and warrants action, SNOMED International has taken steps to issue an interim release of the SNOMED CT International Edition in light of COVID-19. Additional coding guidelines for ICD-10-CM and HCPCS have been jointly developed by CDC and approved by the four organizations that make up the Cooperating Parties: the National Center for Health Statistics, the American Health Information Management Association, the American Hospital Association, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
John Snow Labs’ April 2020 Release of its Healthcare Data Library now includes the most current, normalized, and enriched versions of these medical terminologies. This new release enables clinicians, researchers and administrators globally to code, analyse and plan to address the Coronavirus effort with the most up to date terminology. This release contains relevant 24 COVID-19 concepts and concept descriptions.
- SNOMED Clinical Terminology Full Data Package is located at https://www.johnsnowlabs.com/marketplace/snomed-clinical-terminology-full-data-package/
- ICD-10 CM Diagnosis Codes 2020 dataset has been updated with COVID-19 coding guidelines. You can find them at https://www.johnsnowlabs.com/marketplace/icd-10-cm-diagnosis-codes-2020/
- Alpha-Numeric HCPCS Procedure and Modifier Codes dataset has been updated with new COVID-19 Codes that are available at https://www.johnsnowlabs.com/marketplace/alpha-numeric-hcpcs-procedure-and-modifier-codes/
The impact of COVID-19 as of April 1st, 2020
Social distancing has become a topic of great concern around the globe during the recent times. The emergence of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has disconnected and disintegrated the entire world which once seemed to be easily accessible. Traveling and socializing was never a matter of concern before the beginning of this pandemic which made the countries to take all the available precautionary measure to prevent its spread. COVID-19 has not only created panic across the globe but also became a solid basis to create awareness about the importance of isolation among the general public to avoid getting in contact with this virus.
COVID-19 is an infectious disease that is identified to be caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Coronavirus outbreak was first known to be identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, during December 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) stated on 30th January 2020 that this outbreak had become a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and declared it as a pandemic on 11th March 2020. As of the statistics on 1st April 2020, there are more than 900,000 cases of COVID-19 reported world-wide in more than 200 countries and territories, consequently resulting of approximately 42,000 deaths.
Most people infected by the COVID-19 virus will have only mild to moderate respiratory illness. They will experience complete recovery without requiring special medical treatment. However, older people and others already experiencing serious medical problems like cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer have increased chances of developing serious illness in case of getting infected.
In order to prevent, reduce and slow down COVID-19 transmission is by being well informed about this virus, the disease it leads to and the means of its spread. The primary and basic rules for protection from this infection by washing one’s both hands from time to time or using an alcohol-based rub/swabs regularly and not touching one’s face.
The COVID-19 virus is mainly spread through the tiny droplets of nose discharge or saliva when an infected person sneezes or coughs. To reduce such a scenario, it is strictly important for every person to practice respiratory etiquette (i.e., coughing or sneezing into a flexed elbow instead of air or hands).
People are more cautious now about their safety and following proper guidelines to prevent the spread. By this time, there have been no specific vaccines or treatments to cure COVID-19. However, there are several ongoing clinical trials evaluating the potential treatments. In this scenario, the health care needs and system have become a matter of prime concern for every country. Health care workers and doctors are the front-line army who are fighting selflessly against this deadly disease to save their patients and make some difference. John Snow Labs is also not behind in such crucial time and helping the doctors and other medical staff by providing the newly added and updated codes and procedures for their proper and timely assistance.
Freely Available for Data Sciences Teams Fighting COVID-19
John Snow Labs has made all of its software – including Spark NLP for Healthcare, the Healthcare AI Platform, and the entire Healthcare Data Library – available for free for teams actively fighting COVID-19. Go here to get you free licenses.
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