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Intelligent Medical Objects Announces ICD-10 Extensions to Terminology Products
Date:3/25/2009

Intelligent Medical Objects Adds ICD-10-WHO and ICD-10-CA Extensions to Their Clinical Interface Terminology Products

NORTHBROOK, Ill., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Intelligent Medical Objects (IMO(R)) announces the general availability of ICD-10-WHO(1) and ICD-10-CA(2) extensions to their market-leading line of Clinical Interface Terminology products including IMO's Problem (IT). IMO Problem (IT) is a clinical diagnosis and problem terminology that contains over 170,000 user-friendly terms for clinicians, coders, and patients and is used within Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems to document diagnoses, problems, and medical histories.

The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision (ICD-10, called ICD-10-WHO here) is maintained by the World Health Organization (WHO) for morbidity and mortality reporting in many countries. This is the coding classification on which other countries are building their own modifications, such as ICD-10-CA in Canada or ICD-10-CM in the United States. ICD-10-CA is developed and is maintained by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) for morbidity and mortality reporting. The extensions to ICD-10-WHO and ICD-10-CA from IMO's user-friendly clinical interface terminology provide a seamless solution for EHRs that require ICD-10-WHO or ICD-10-CA classifications. The maintenance of these classifications in EHR systems is managed by IMO each time ICD-10 is in turn updated by the WHO and CIHI respectively.

Dr. Amy Y. Wang, IMO Acting Chief Medical Officer, adds, "Integrating ICD-10-WHO and ICD-10-CA into our product suite represents an important step towards meeting the clinical terminology and administrative needs of our international customers. This has laid the foundation and is part of IMO's overall strategy for incorporating ICD-10-CM into IMO Problem (IT) in order to assist our U.S. customers through the upcoming transition to ICD-10-CM."

"As our valued vendor partners expand their reach to international markets, it became imperative to enhance our trusted content offering to match vendor partners new client needs," says Mr. Jose Maldonado, IMO Vocabulary Product Manager. "In addition, this effort has opened several international opportunities for IMO independently of our current EHR/EMR vendor partners."

IMO is also helping to accelerate the international adoption of SNOMED CT(R) by working with the Millennium Villages Project to provide SNOMED CT(R) and ICD-10-WHO maps using IMO Interface Terminology for their Millennium Global Village-Network (MGV-Net) in 10 African countries. "We are grateful for IMO's continued support and contribution. By using IMO's comprehensive Interface terminology in MGV-Net, we can focus on improving care in the villages while the Ministries of Health and MVP's monitoring and evaluation systems use the mapping to ICD-10 WHO and SNOMED CT(R)," said Dr. Paul Pronyk, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation Programs for the Millennium Villages Project.

"IMO's mission for our interface terminology offering is to capture and preserve the clinical intent and allow care providers using an EHR/EMR to focus on delivery of care rather than be bothered by coding compliance," says Dr. Frank Naeymi-Rad, IMO CEO. This is achieved by moving the complexities associated with terminology standards for EHR/EMR vendors' applications to mappings provided and maintained by IMO. "We firmly believe the compliance to standards like ICD-10, ICD-9-CM, SNOMED CT(R), etc. by EHR/EMR vendors should be a seamless process and should not impede the delivery of care," says Dr. Frank Naeymi-Rad, IMO CEO.

ABOUT IMO

Intelligent Medical Objects (IMO) develops, manages, and licenses medical vocabularies and software applications using the medical vocabulary for health care organizations. IMO's Clinical Interface Terminology products, including IMO Problem (IT), provide seamless mapping of diagnostic terminologies to billing codes and medical concepts. IMO provides the tools necessary for health care organizations to authoritatively support uniform labeling of health profiles, services rendered, and outcomes across their enterprise. This intersection of clinical and financial data provides health care organizations with dependable quality information to deliver services, bear risk, and to enable efficient, cost-effective operation and accountability. IMO's products improve physician satisfaction, facilitate physician adoption, speed the coding process, reduce unnecessary physician-coder communication, and result in fewer rejected claims. More information is available here: www.e-imo.com.

ABOUT Millennium Villages

Millennium Villages offer a scalable model for fighting poverty at the village level and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Initiatives are based on the findings of the UN Millennium Project and are implemented by the communities themselves. There are currently 79 Millennium Villages located in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. The project is led by the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Millennium Promise, and the United National Development Programme (UNDP). For more information, please see www.millenniumvillages.org.

  1. http://who.int/classifications/icd/en/
  2. http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=codingclass_icd10_e


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