Intelligent Medical Objects

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Intelligent Medical Objects, Inc.
IndustryHealth informatics
Key people
Frank Naeymi-Rad (CEO, Chairman of the Board, Co-Founder)

Intelligent Medical Objects (IMO) is a privately held company specializing in developing, managing and licensing medical vocabularies. IMO partners with various health care organizations, medical content providers and EHR developers.

Founded in 1994, IMO is based in Northbrook, Illinois. IMO's clinical interface terminology, which helps to map diagnostic terminologies to medical concepts and billing codes, was launched in 1995. Products such as Problem (IT) and Procedure (IT) aim to help physicians more easily choose the correct medical term for their cases, which then aids in finding the correct billing code.[1] This allows the clinician to capture the patient condition more accurately, with more familiar terms and without slowing the EHR workflow.

These products' medical vocabularies are regularly updated so as to be mapped with standardized vocabularies such as ICD and SNOMED, as well as to adhere to the October 1, 2013/2014 date of compliance for migrating to ICD-10.[2][3] Each IMO term within the clinical interface terminology is in turn mapped to the appropriate administrative code set. This allows the evolution of code sets to go on and minimize the impact on the clinician; as code sets/rules change, all re-mappings are handled by IMO, enabling the clinicians to continue leveraging the same vernacular.[4]

IMO works with companies such as MEDITECH, Allscripts, Cerner and Epic Systems, providing vocabularies for the companies' health care software applications to be used by various hospitals and physicians in those companies' client networks.[5] IMO's products and vocabularies are thus used in sites across the United States. In 2012, IMO opened a research and development office on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign to be staffed by student interns from the university.[6]

In February 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an article that demonstrates how IMO's interface terminology was found to accurately categorize coronary heart disease and heart failure events. IMO's terminology service was found to be 32–42% more accurate compared to algorithms using reimbursement coding and classification techniques.[7]

Later in 2013, IMO opened up a research-and-development office in the Research Park, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


  • Problem (IT) – Helps map diagnoses to ICD coding while allowing clinicians to use familiar terms, thereby increasing usage of EHRs
  • Procedure (IT) – Aids in properly finding the correct procedure term and allows clinicians to use familiar terms in identifying the correct CPT code
  • Medication (IT) – Integrates content provided by Lexi-Comp with IMO’s clinical interface terminology and SNOMED CT as a source of pharmacologic information for patient care and to reduce medication errors
  • Medical Necessity – Aims to create easier reimbursement checking through immediate analysis of clinical orders
  • iHealth Search – Customizable search engine for clinicians to obtain information from trusted medical sources
  • Clinical Intelligence – Identifies opportunities for better efficiency in companies’ clinical data by utilizing data normalization and cleansing


  1. ^ "Health Care Technology: Intelligent Medical Objects, Inc". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  2. ^ "HHS Issues Final ICD-10 Code Sets and Updated Electronic Transaction Standards Rules". U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  3. ^ "ICD-10". Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  4. ^ "MedAptus Partners with Intelligent Medical Objects(R) in Preparation for ICD-10". MedAptus. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  5. ^ "INTELLIGENT MEDICAL OBJECTS, INC". HIMSS Online Buyer's Guide. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Medical information company to open in UI research park". The News-Gazette. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  7. ^ Thomas E. Kottke, MD, MSPH; Courtney Jordan Baechler, MD, MCE. "An Algorithm That Identifies Coronary and Heart Failure Events in the Electronic Health Record". Preventing Chronic Disease. Retrieved 28 February 2013.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)

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