The World Health Organisation has confirmed the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information as a WHO Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classifications. The appointment valid for the next four years is the result of the successful work undertaken by the Institute and underlines the years of expertise it has acquired in this area.
“We are very proud of the clear expression of appreciation by the WHO for our work, confirming as it does that we are experts in the area of medical classifications and terminologies for medical and information technology interfaces”, said Dr. Dietrich Kaiser, Director of DIMDI, of the renewal of the Institute's appointment as a WHO Collaborating Centre.
DIMDI was appointed WHO Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classifications for the first time in 2003. This constituted institutional recognition of the many years of work performed by DIMDI in the field of national and international classifications.
“Standardised terminologies and classifications are essential tools for the unambiguous exchange of data in modern medicine”, says Dr. Michael Schopen, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre and Head of DIMDI's Medical Information department, whose many years of classification work are the reason for the appointment by the WHO.
The Family of International Classifications encompasses the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and the associated International Classification of Diseases for Oncology for the codification of tumour diseases.
Apart from translation and carrying out year-round reviews, DIMDI works on the ongoing development and use of classifications, on the development of methods for the application of these as well as examining relations to other terminologies and nomenclatures. DIMDI plays an active role in international methods for quality assurance and the development of teaching materials and courses.
DIMDI is therefore actively involved in numerous working groups of the WHO Collaborating Centres for classifications: in the WHO FIC Council, the Update Reference Committee, the Mortality Reference Group, the Morbidity Reference Group, the Family Development Committee, the Education Committee and the Implementation Committee. DIMDI chairs the Electronic Tools Committee (ETC), which plays a supporting role to the WHO in the development and provision of electronic tools for classifications. The Institute is currently working on the development of a Classification Tool Kit for the administration and continued development of classifications.
DIMDI provides high quality information for all health care areas. It develops and operates database-supported information systems for drugs and medical devices and is responsible for a programme that evaluates medical procedures and technology (Health Technology Assessment, HTA).
DIMDI is the publisher of official medical classifications such as ICD-10-GM and OPS (German procedure classification) and maintains medical terminologies, thesauri, nomenclatures and catalogues (e.g. MeSH, UMDNS, Alpha-ID, LOINC, OID) that are important for health care telematics and other applications.
DIMDI facilitates online access to its information systems and 70 databases covering the entire field of medicine. It also develops and maintains software applications and operates its own data processing centre.
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Further Information at DIMDI:
* Classifications at DIMDI: http://www.dimdi.de/static/en/klassi/index.htm
* Other terminolgies at DIMDI: http://www.dimdi.de/static/en/ehealth/index.htm
* WHO Classification Network: http://www.who.int/classifications/network/en/