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Re: [Health-dev] [task #15733] Update ICD10 datafile

From: Luis Falcon
Subject: Re: [Health-dev] [task #15733] Update ICD10 datafile
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2020 17:23:06 +0100

Dear Edgar

On Thu, 6 Aug 2020 07:00:29 +0200
Edgar Hagenbichler <> wrote:

> Dear Luis,
Congratulations to you, my friend! Team work!!

> now it is perfectly well!
> I like it also very much that there is no line wrap at 80 characters 
> now, but the string is within one line.

Yes, I am quite happy with the end result. Much easier to read and to

> As I told you already, in the future I would like to work also on the 
> five-digit subclassification, (e.g. chapter XIII Site of
> musculoskeletal involvement). Besides, at the moment there are still
> some 4-digit-codes within chapter XX that are set now as "active:
> false" and which could be set to true (we should discuss it first)
> and then I would have to adapt also the text combination. And there
> is also something that is called "dagger-asterisk classification",
> which is a little bit tricky. But this is not a plan for tomorrow but
> has time at least until the next regular release of GNU Health.

Absolutely. Our commitment to universality in healthcare and our
joint project with World Health Organization makes GNU Health very WHO
"compliant", with many coding and standards, like ICD10, ICPM/ICHI,
ICF, vaccination schedules, essential list of medicaments and
growth charts, among others. And there is more to come in GNU Health
HMIS 3.8 :)

Having your expert advise in this areas is wonderful so suggestions
are most welcome and surely to be integrated in upcoming releases.

> Next thing to do for me is now to encourage the translator community
> to search for official translated versions of official WHO ICD-10
> 2019 (or updated 2020, and not some national local adaptations) and
> to provide me with a list of it or to put the translation directly
> into the weblate server. I will write an extra email for that with a
> different subject.

That is key. I believe that if we, as a society, want to reach
universality in healthcare, both in access and adoption around the
world, we need to use the same set of coding standards, and I think WHO
is definitely doing a great job in that sense.

Agree with you, I am also reluctant to subsets of codes for regional
usage or for primary care usage, that would hinder interoperability and
information exchange.

Again, thank you for your work!

All the best

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