IMO is pleased to announce the launch of IMO Discovery for Problems, an advanced problem list solution that identifies what’s missing on the patient problem list, to help put the electronic health record (EHR) to work for clinicians. Building on IMO Core problem list management capabilities, IMO Discovery for Problems surfaces insights on current problems, historical HCC diagnoses, and chronic conditions that are not documented on the problem list but are relevant for present care. It helps reduce the burden of patient documentation and chart reviews for clinicians and creates more complete data for billing and downstream uses.
“While electronic medical record applications were a paradigm shift from the paper chart, in order to leverage most of the patient data, it had to be contained in structured fields. This left much of the clinical data ‘hidden’ as unstructured data in the chart,” said Steven Rube, MD, Chief Clinical Officer at IMO. “With IMO Discovery for Problems, we can now unlock these data elements which will not only provide the clinical team with a more complete picture of the patient, but will also have a significant and positive impact on reimbursement by ensuring that conditions are documented accurately and specifically.”
Even when problem list management tools are in place, clinicians are often inundated with patient data that is unorganized, irrelevant, and out-of-date. And this lack of a comprehensive, structured patient record can have negative influences on patient care, risk-based reimbursement, and downstream clinical research. IMO Discovery for Problems builds on IMO’s foundational problem list tooling, IMO Core, to analyze patient data from previous encounters and unstructured clinical notes. It then nudges the clinician to consider adding any undocumented, long-term problems as they work in their patient’s chart. The result is a better picture of the patient’s record.
Example: From hidden to discovered
Consider a patient whose thrombocytopenia is recorded somewhere in a note or listed as an encounter diagnosis, but whose problem list does not reflect that diagnosis. Not only is this problem a Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC), it’s a critical piece of information relevant to every clinician who sees that patient. IMO Discovery can present that missing problem to the clinician who can then ensure every caregiver sees it by adding it to the medical problem list.
IMO Discovery for Problems helps:
- Detect significant problems missing from the problem list
- Support better oversight of HCCs from previous encounters not on the problem list, to optimize reimbursement opportunities
- Highlight chronic conditions and additional long-term problems addressed in previous encounters for more informed care
- Ensure that relevant patient data from across the patient record – including unstructured clinical notes – is documented in a structured manner and clearly visible to clinicians.