On Monday, 18 June 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) released the Eleventh Revision of the International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11 version for implementation. It is a tool that has been used for over 100 years to help countries understand trends in death and disease. This revision brings the current scientific understanding of disease into line with the digital age of health and is provided freely by the WHO. Experts from across the world, including many Australians, have worked tirelessly over the past decade to ensure all countries can collect meaningful information through ICD-11 to track and improve their health systems and create evidence based health policy.
The WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, releasing ICD-11:
To those familiar with ICD-10 there are many differences with ICD-11. Using and implementing this new classification may present challenges, but with these will come new opportunities for the health information workforce.