The clinical terminology behind the health IT curtain

With over 25 years of clinical terminology curation and governance, IMO is one of health IT’s best kept secrets – but not for much longer. Highlighting just a few of the secondary uses enabled by IMO’s comprehensive terminology is Chief Strategy Officer, Dale Sanders.
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The image featured above depicts IMO’s granularity and relationship to ICD-10-CM and SNOMED CT®. The truth is, IMO’s terminology is more clinically relevant and granular than either of these standardized code sets for describing a patient’s diagnosis and problems – and that’s why physicians love it. The IMO “compound terminology mapping” also allows a patient’s diagnosis to be more completely described by mapping to multiple ICD and SNOMED codes.

Oddly, IMO’s diagnosis terminology is rarely leveraged for secondary use, but speaking as an analytics and data strategist person, IMO’s more relevant and granular terminology has all sorts of downstream value to more accurate patient cohorts. Consider this short list for starters:

  • HCC coding
  • Fee for service billing
  • Value based care
  • Risk management
  • Precise patient engagement
  • Computational phenotyping
  • Clinical trials recruitment
  • Labeling patient clusters in machine learning
  • NLP/voice recognition language models
  • Genomics
  • Proteomics

IMO’s diagnosis and problem terminology, which supports all industry standards, is being used in EHRs that cover virtually every hospital bed and clinic in the US, plus 17 countries. But, at best, only 40% of those clients recognize the IMO brand. Part of my job at IMO is to educate the market about what IMO does now, and what’s possible with the untapped potential for that terminology in secondary use.

To see how IMO’s clinical terminology can help your organization today, contact us to schedule a demo

SNOMED and SNOMED CT® are registered trademarks of SNOMED International.

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