GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within Ministry VSA, is inviting Health Care Providers to register for the Mortality and Morbidity Digital Coding System Workshop that is scheduled from September 17 to 19.
Morning sessions are for coders and registrars while evening sessions are for Health Care Providers such as physicians, nurses and other interested persons.
The invitation is extended to persons interested in the methodology and completion of Death Certificates.
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CPS wants to ensure better quality data to contribute towards the formulation of public health policies. The workshop will enhance the capture of accurate data on mortality and morbidity.
Mortality and morbidity coders have a key role to play in ensuring the quality of vital health statistics.
According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Coders interpret complex medical information written by doctors in order to determine a patient’s exact diagnosis or their underlying cause of death. The written information is essential in getting from point zero to accurate data/information.
“In order to do this, they assign the diagnosis with a code from the International Statistical Classification of Disease and Related Health Problems (ICD-10), which are then used to produce standardized local, national and regional health data.”