Description of ENCODE-FM
The Ontario Family and General Practice Data Standards Project (on which Dr. Bernstein was a key member of the steering committee) determined that in 1992, there was no acceptable primary care nomenclature. ENCODE-FM was constructed with the recommendations of the Data Standards Report in mind. It is a standardized nomenclature of medical terms for both symptoms and diagnoses specifically designed to be used in an electronic record. Our research (see Research page - Publications) shows that classifying data using ENCODE-FM is highly reliable.
- designed for PRIMARY CARE, uniquely and specifically
- maps all terms to ICD-10, ICD-9CM and ICPC
- extendable to include all of ICD-10 and therefore usable for hospital data-recording
- used in all the Ontario Community Health Centres as mandated by the Province
- used in Quebec and British Columbia as incorporated into the EMR software of Clinidata Inc.
- fully bilingual, allowing data input in French and providing a bi-directional term translator
- hierarchical, allowing optimal degree of specificity of symptoms or diagnosis
- proven reliability when classifying data to the Canadian standard, ICD-10.