COVID-19

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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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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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COVID-19 Data EHR integration
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COVID-19 reporting changes challenge health IT providers

As our health systems continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, clear communication is crucial. Recent changes in reporting regulations from the federal government have led to confusion, which runs the risk of incomplete or inaccurate data collection about the spread and severity of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We break down the changes, and subsequent concerns about them, below.

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Surgical schedules slow to recover even as operating rooms reopen
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Surgical schedules slow to recover even as operating rooms reopen

When the new coronavirus hit US hospitals at the beginning of the year, many institutions halted elective surgical procedures and diverted resources to care for pandemic patients. Now, most operating rooms have reopened their doors, but patient anxiety about coming into contact with COVID-19 is still keeping many away.

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How COVID-19 has reshaped the enforcement of the 21st Century Cures Act

Back in March, new rules mandating how health systems must improve their interoperability methods were published by the Department of Health and Human Services. In a new white paper, IMO’s Chief Medical Officer, Andrew S. Kanter, MD, explores how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the plans for implementation and revealed gaps in the legislation.

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How COVID-19 is changing health data management
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How COVID-19 is changing health data management

As the threat of COVID-19 continues to grow, so too does the urgent need for health IT solutions, like updated coding and terminology and telehealth services. To learn more about how the coronavirus pandemic is shaping the health IT space, IMO asked experts throughout the field to share their thoughts in our latest insight brief.

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COVID-19: What we know and where we’re headed

The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the United States on January 21, 2020. In the ensuing six months, the country has experienced a whirlwind of fear, confusion, and tragedy. We have also witnessed incredible strides in detection, treatment, and prevention of the disease. IMO’s Chief Medical Officer takes a look back at what we’ve learned and why there’s cause for optimism.

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