A needs assessment must be developed very early on in the process of developing the ICD-10 program. Because so many players inside and outside of HIM/Coding will be affected by the need for these new codes, a department-wide and individually-specific needs assessment must be developed. This assessment will give the individual an opportunity to perform a self-assessment of his current education and subsequent skills in anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and coding along with specific needs for any ICD-10 data. The departmental needs assessment will give the department director an opportunity to assess the needs of their department’s data needs prior to implementation. Collection and correlation of data is key in determining how the hospital moves forward in their planning stage.