The ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus is an example of the way transitioning to ICD-10 can benefit the ability of public health officials to respond to global pandemics, according to an executive at 3M Health Information Systems.

In a recent blog post, Ann Chenoweth, the company's director of industry relations, said the lack of specificity in classifying Ebola in ICD-9 can hamper quick coordination of action.

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