Nordic DRG-systemNordDRG system will help to provide adequate information on healthcare production and consumption.
The Nordic Centre is engaged in Nordic coordination within the area of Diagnosis Related Groups (DRG). NordDRG is a DRG grouper which emulates HCFA-DRG version 12 using definitions based on ICD-10 and NCSP (the NOMESCO Classification of Surgical Procedures). The first grouper was completed in 1996. The grouper is updated yearly according to the NordDRG maintenance process.
The NordDRG system definitions are produced in national versions for Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Estonia. There is also an English language NordDRG version based on the common Nordic components of ICD-10 and NCSP. This version is used in Iceland. In 2003, an extended NordDRG version was developed that also includes national modifications to the logic using national codes that are unique to some of the countries (NCSP+).
NordDRG is currently in use nationwide in hospitals in Norway and in the majority of the regional health care administrations in Finland and Sweden. The system has also been introduced for trial in Iceland. Denmark has developed a modified DRG system (DkDRG) based on NordDRG that was introduced in 2002. The Nordic Centre has developed an Estonian NordDRG version that was implemented starting in 2003. There is also an agreement with the Latvian Health Ministry regarding the right to use NordDRG in Latvia.