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ICD-10-CM database edition: December 2010 (2011 codes).
What is Natural Language Search?
A natural language (or FULLTEXT) search
uses regular spoken language to ask the database a question. In other words, you can type in the search filed above a sentence that describes the information you are looking for, and the script behind the page determines which are the most relevant keywords in your search string and returns the most relevant results. Think of it as searching for something on Google, only this time you are looking for a specific ICD-10 code.
Pros of ICD-10-CM Natural Language Search
- It is very easy to use. As the name "natural language search" implies, you can search for a phrase in natural human language, without worrying about the number or order of words used. As an example, let's say you are looking for the ICD-10 code for "essential hypertension". It doesen't matter if you enter "essential hypertension" or "hypertension essential" - the search engine extracts the relevant keywords from your phrase and performs a search that returns a list of results that is already ordered by relevance to your query.
- It is more accurate. By allowing you to specify more than one keyword at a time, you can refine your search in ways that traditional one-word searches can never achieve. For example, if you are looking for "diabetes with foot ulcer - E13.621", entering "ulcer" or "diabetes" alone would bring a long list of results for each of these terms, and the entry you are looking for is way down on the list. Searching for "diabetes with foot ulcer" brings the entry you are looking for on the first place. Please note that there will be instances where your desired result may not be always on the first place on the results list, so you may have to occasionally scroll down the list to find your result. Performing a simple Ctrl+F in the browser helps identify an item on an unusually long list of results.
Cons of ICD-10-CM Full Text Search
- You have to enter a full word before the search begins. While this is not a problem for more complex search queries, if you are performing one-word searches you may want to use our keyword ICD-10-CM search tool instead.
- It does not allow for search by code number. Code number search is available via our ICD-10-CM keyword search tool.
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