An interesting take on an important taxonomy...
Stop the fear mongering over ICD-10: It's just another taxonomy
A recent Weekly Standard article shrilly announced that an Oct. 1, 2014, update of ICD medical codes would augur “a nightmare for doctors.” This was not the only source predicting doom and gloom for the forthcoming code switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 -- so I decided to investigate.
It turns out many of these critics are falling victim to common misunderstandings about taxonomies and the characteristics and purposes of large, structured data sets. Here’s how.