Physicians rely on disease databases for identification and classification in order to promptly care for their patients. The current classification system, the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) was put into place in 1975 and policy makers and physicians have been struggling to update the system with new advances in medicine and new knowledge of disease treatment. A Private Practice Success article relates that a law passed by the House of Representatives in July requires hospitals, health care facilities, and practices to update to the ICD-10 system within 4 yearsâ€”although Senate or presidential approval is still required. The World Health Organization has been pushing for an update since the West Nile Virus breakoutâ€”which they say could have been prevented with an updated classification system and saved patients and physicians a lot of time and money. ICD-9's 13,000-code system would pale in comparison to ICD-10's 120,000-code system, helping physicians with more specific diagnostic codes for better patient care. Learning a new, more specific coding system could be time consuming and disruptive to a private practice, so physicians are encouraged to update computer systems and technology sooner rather than later to avoid a financial and time burden with ICD-10.