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.
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.
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.
IMO’s latest product, IMO Precision Normalize, will help healthcare providers and the companies that support them to gain more accurate insights with a precise normalization engine that improves clinical, quality, and financial decision-making.
When it comes to COVID-19, we all have questions we want answered. But without reliable data and analytics, it’s a near impossible task, as illustrated by the challenges hospitals in the Midwest are now facing.
Every set of standardized clinical terminology has routine adjustments and updates. For some, there are annual revisions and for others, changes happen multiple times a year. Then, there are the medical coding terms that need to be added off-cycle. Having trouble keeping up? We’re here to help.
When it comes to medical coding terms, there’s a lot to keep track of and a lot to keep straight. From CPT terms, to LOINC to ICD-10-CM codes, it’s hard to overstate the importance of normalization solutions that can unify, clean, and organize clinical terminology.
Earlier this year, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized new rules for the 21st Century Cures Act that require health systems to increase their interoperability efforts and facilitate greater EHR integration. Smart strategies for the collection and organization of this data will be critical for success – without them, providers may be overwhelmed, not helped, by the sheer volume of new data.
In this webinar, IMO Chief Medical Officer, Andrew S. Kanter, MD, MPH, FACMI, FAMIA, and Product Evangelist, Matt Cardwell, PhD, discuss how to gain a better understanding of the challenges posed by the new interoperability rules.
Increased interoperability – specifically, the sharing of electronic health data between systems – can be an enormous help for clinicians. But as new federal rules are put into action, clinicians may soon be facing too much of a good thing. Download our latest white paper for more on the coming “data tsunami.”
Highly anticipated rules about interoperability, information sharing, and patient access to medical data were finalized and released today. The rules will impact many players in the health IT industry, including IMO.
In order for health information systems to become more valuable to providers, they must evolve to transform and package data in a way that serves the clinician at the point of care, for the problem they’re trying to solve.