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Using data analytics to prioritize COVID-19 vaccine distribution

In late August, the federal government predicted a limited amount of COVID-19 vaccines would be available at the beginning of November, and that healthcare systems in all 50 states should be ready to implement an inoculation plan by this date. However, only targeted populations will be eligible for receipt – begging the questions: who should be immunized first, and how should existing epidemiological data be used to help guide the decision-making process?

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Using data analytics to prioritize COVID-19 vaccine distribution

In late August, the federal government predicted a limited amount of COVID-19 vaccines would be available at the beginning of November, and that healthcare systems in all 50 states should be ready to implement an inoculation plan by this date. However, only targeted populations will be eligible for receipt – begging the questions: who should be immunized first, and how should existing epidemiological data be used to help guide the decision-making process?

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IMO’s CEO leads with intention

IMO CEO Ann Barnes believes in leading with intention to build teams that are diverse and inclusive. Listen to her interview with Modern Healthcare’s new podcast Healthcare Insider.

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Five things to know about the 2021 ICD-10-CM updates

It’s been quite a year for clinical terminology, with the need for new medical coding terms never seeming to stop. Whether clinicians are documenting complexities related to COVID-19 or describing electric scooter mishaps, the latest updates to ICD-10-CM are here to help. Below, we take a look at five interesting changes to the standardized coding system that went into effect on the first of October.

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The struggle to standardize clinical terminology in the UK

In the US, structured clinical terminology is integrated into most electronic health records. However, across the pond there is no standard clinical terminology that is widely being used for documentation. This means clinicians must often go directly to code sets such as ICD-10 or SNOMED®* to document clinical encounters. IMO’s Senior Vice President of Global Clinical Services, Steven Rube, MD, takes a look at the reasons for this difference in the capture of patient data from a clinical informatics perspective.

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A helping hand for health information exchanges

Since medical records are electronic, it’s easy to think that patient data is naturally compatible and easy to aggregate for analytic purposes. But, that’s not necessarily the case. In fact, many health information exchanges that collect this information struggle to maximize the insights they get from the records. That’s where normalization services can help.

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The Primary Care First Act and the changing nature of healthcare reimbursement

When we’re sick, many of us see a mix of primary care physicians and specialists – and sometimes just specialists alone. But this practice isn’t always the best use of resources. The Primary Care First Act, explored in IMO’s new insight brief, aims to help change this dynamic by increasing the responsibilities of, and reimbursement rates for, providers in the primary care realm.

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The problem with the medical problem list

Organization is everywhere these days, whether it’s targeted at getting your house, your finances, your job, or your life in order. So, it makes sense that there’s a need for organization within the medical field as well. What to tackle first? The medical problem list – an often-disorganized hub with an overwhelming amount of information – is a strong candidate for a revamp.

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Clinical terminology and the “long-haulers” of COVID-19

When COVID-19 first hit the US, clinicians struggled to accurately document cases of the new coronavirus, and the health IT industry quickly mobilized to provide the needed clinical terminology. Now, six months into the pandemic, COVID “long-haulers” are highlighting the ongoing need for appropriate clinical language to document side effects of the virus.

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