IMO (Intelligent Medical Objects), developer of the most-immensely used and physician-preferred terminology service for EHRs (electronic health records) systems, has been granted a patent for its unique method and system for concept-based terminology management that simplifies clinical coding and permits healthcare providers to rapidly respond to regulatory changes. As a significant provider of medical terminology content and services supporting clinical workflow, IMO is committed to giving clinicians the solutions they require to easily recognize and use precise medical terminology at the point-of-care.
Frank Naeymi-Rad, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of IMO claimed, “The concept-based architecture described in this patent indicates the commitment of IMO to quality and transparency in how electronic health record's influence care delivery services. The architecture permits for quick modeling and distribution of changes in terminology to our EHR partners in response to regulatory changes and new discoveries in healthcare delivery. Our technology foundation gave the framework to meet the structured data needs of our clients for the transition to ICD-10-CM as well as Meaningful Use reporting, and we know it’ll flexibly manage the emerging terminology challenges that our consumers face now and in the future.”
Dr. Fred E. "Chip" Masarie, Jr., a Senior Advisor at IMO and named inventor said, “One of the great things about what IMO does is that it permits clinicians to say things in the way they need. There are several different ways of describing a health problem, and for each description, doctors are compelled to map them to individual codes. With IMO, you can capture the concept and clinical intent and map it once. We have fundamentally reestablished and re-purposed the architecture behind these coding workflows.”
Complicated coding systems, as well as the execution of disruptive coding updates, decrease the productivity and documentation accuracy among clinicians. This results in the huge financial burden for clinicians and institutions. IMO permits healthcare providers to sidestep difficult coding systems in favor of the concepts they are most familiar with. These ideas are allocated within the electronic health record with a single identifier that IMO utilizes to drive all downstream coding requirements, from reimbursement and risk stratification to population health management, clinical decision support, natural language processing and machine learning.
Regis Charlot, President and Chief Technology Officer at IMO, as well as another named inventor of the technology claimed, “Our technology assists healthcare experts to stay consistent and use the high-quality terminology they require. The fact that our terminology can be utilized at the bedside for patients means greater reliability and efficiency, which translates to higher-quality care. Furthermore, IMO can assist drive prospective revenue cycle management by informing the care delivery group of daily alteration to diagnosis related groups (DRGs) of patients.”
In today's healthcare atmosphere, it is more significant than ever to make sure the fidelity of data. Precise, accurate information is necessary to the health and viability of both healthcare providers and their sufferers. An increased focus on data collection, efficiency and better health outcomes means clinicians cannot afford to get lost in a tangled web of coding requirements.
Simplicity and straightforward reporting are essential. When a clinician steps into a clinical term into an EHR, the technology of IMO adds the suitable billing and reference codes, mapping the concept to the necessary code sets. Laborious, manual procedures are eliminated, as are their related costs and the risks linked with human error. This eases reporting for Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 3, MIPS and MACRA payments.
Dr. Andrew S. Kanter, Chief Medical Officer at IMO and another of the technology's named inventors said, “Instead of concentrating users to work with health information systems that have constraints put on them by reference and administrative terminologies, our system permits healthcare experts to capture clinical intent and the patient's story quickly and accurately. Larger granularity, and a more complete patient story, is the foundation of more precise downstream outcomes.”