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Purpose-driven data collection in the COVID-19 era

In creating not just one, but multiple, vaccines for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in under a year, pharmaceutical researchers and developers achieved a remarkable feat. But there’s still a challenge ahead: distributing and administering the vaccine across the country, while also managing a flood of inoculation data.

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Purpose-driven data collection in the COVID-19 era

In creating not just one, but multiple, vaccines for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in under a year, pharmaceutical researchers and developers achieved a remarkable feat. But there’s still a challenge ahead: distributing and administering the vaccine across the country, while also managing a flood of inoculation data.

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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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One shot (in the arm) at a time: Helping the COVID-19 vaccination effort

At IMO, our employees are our greatest asset. So, it’s no surprise to us when we hear about the ways our fellow team members are working to enrich their communities. Marketing team member Jordan Leibovitz is just one of those recent examples. She’s inspiring us all through her work with the volunteer organization Vaccine Buddies, a Naperville-based group of individuals passionate about ensuring technology doesn’t limit access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Tackling lab data normalization: An HIE case study

Join us on Thursday, April 22 at 12:00 PM CST for an in depth look at how CORHIO, one of the nation’s largest health information exchanges, is partnering with IMO to address data quality challenges complicating their COVID-19 lab aggregation and surveillance efforts.

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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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In My Opinion: Talking career and company growth with Paula Payne

The fact that the letters IMO don’t just stand for Intelligent Medical Objects isn’t lost on this medical coding company. Indeed, we believe it’s high time IMO embraced our text-slang status and we’re doing just that with In My Opinion, a new Ideas series featuring Q&As with IMO employees. Next up is the Legal and Compliance team’s Paula Payne.

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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 challenge of vaccinating the most vulnerable

In December 2020, the FDA granted emergency use authorization for the first COVID-19 vaccine, initiating the largest inoculation effort in US history. But, three months later the rollout has not gone as smoothly as hoped – putting more stress on already overburdened health systems and providers.

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