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Responding to a global pandemic: A timeline of COVID-19 terminology

As vaccines for COVID-19 become more readily available, the possibility of getting back to life before the pandemic seems closer every day. That said, it’s still been over a year since the virus first appeared, requiring a slew of new terms and codes to describe not only the disease itself, but also adjacent tests, vaccines, and comorbidities. The following infographic shows how the industry and IMO responded to the clinical terminology needs of the past year.

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Enhancing data quality initiatives across the health IT ecosystem

Getting all of your own medical information in one place can be a tough task. Now imagine gathering the data for a whole hospital, or even an entire state. Then, for good measure, throw in the fact that meaningful healthcare data analytics require that all these records be standardized before they can be useful. That’s where a normalization solution with a built-in clinical terminology layer can help.

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From H1N1 to COVID-19: Lessons from the past

By now, many of us have either been successfully vaccinated against COVID-19; are waiting to become eligible for inoculation; or have helped a friend or family member sign up for an appointment. It’s a process that hasn’t always been smooth, but that’s no surprise if we look back at past pandemics. Indeed, the H1N1 crisis faced similar struggles, which we explore below.

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Why getting surgical documentation right matters

When it comes to surgery, if something isn’t documented in a patient’s chart it’s as though it didn’t happen. Even the most basic facts of a case must be recorded with the correct clinical terminology in order to ensure high-quality care. And it’s not just the operative note that’s important – excellent documentation is needed at all stages of a patient’s surgical care.

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The new normal(ize): A primer on patient data standardization

You don’t have to work for a medical coding company to know that quality data is important – especially in healthcare. But patient information comes from a variety of sources, and it’s rarely all in the same format, or documented using the same clinical terminology. So, what does this mean? We’re glad you asked.

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Cracking the codes: A 101-level guide to healthcare’s major coding systems

While it may have been years (or decades) since many of us were full-time students, that doesn’t mean there’s no place for continuing education – even if it’s just a quick refresher on a key topic or two. When working with medical coding terms, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by an alphabet soup of acronyms or think you need an advanced degree to keep everything straight, but never fear – this medical coding company has got you covered.

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My funny ICD-10-CM valentine

At IMO, our foundation is in terminology, so it’s only natural that we’d be able to bridge the gap between medical coding terms and the language of love. Scroll down for a few ICD-10-CM codes that seem particularly appropriate on February 14th.

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Shifting mindsets for population health

In order for health systems to effectively manage health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, both population and individual patient health issues must be addressed. But, that’s often easier said than done. Our eBook explores one approach to tackling this challenge.

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The ‘new black’: Why specificity matters in health IT

There’s no shortage of important initiatives in modern healthcare – improving population health, supporting optimal patient outcomes, normalizing large amounts of data to a common clinical terminology, and maximizing reimbursements are just a few. So, what’s the first step toward success? Find out more below.

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