Following is a summary of common terms found in documentation related to information technology (IT) in the healthcare field.
DefinitionsCCOW - (Clinical Context Object Workgroup) See CCOW.CCD - (Continuity of Care Document) See CCR.CCR - (Continuity of Care Record) See CCR.CDA - (Clinical Document Architecture) See CDA.CDRH - (Center for Devices and Radiological Health) See CDRH.CDSS - (Clinical Decision Support System) See CDSS.CMS - (Context Management Standard) See CCOW.CPOE - (Computerized Prescriber Order Entry) See CPOE.e-detailing (Electronic Detailing) See e-detailing.e-prescribing (Electronic Prescribing) See e-prescribing.EMR - (Electronic Medical Record) See EMR.EHR - (Electronic Health Record) See EHR.PHR - (Personal Health Record) See PHR.HAN - (Health Alert Network) See HAN.HIE - (Health Information Exchange) See HIE.HIMSS - (Health Information and Management Systems Society) See HIMSS.HIPAA - (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) See HIPAA.HIT - (Health Information Technology) See HIT.HITECH - (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) See HITECH.HITSP - (Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel) See HITSP.HL7 - (Health Level 7) See HL7.Hospital Compare - A U.S. government website for finding hospitals and their track record. See Hospital Compare.ICD - (International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems) See ICD.LOINC - (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) See LOINC.meaningful use - Meeting requirements for EHR use. See meaningful use.NHIN - (Nationwide Health Information Network) See NHIN.NQF - (National Quality Forum) See NQF.PCEHR - (Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records) The Australian standard for electronic health records. Individuals have control over who can see the information.SNOMED CT - (Systematized Nomenclature Of Medicine Clinical Terms) See SNOMED CT.SRE - (Serious Reportable Event) See SRE.RHIO - (Regional Health Information Organization) See HIE.telehealth - Remote diagnostic/remedial procedures. See telehealth.telemedicine - Remote medicine. See telemedicine.telesurgery - Remote surgery. See telesurgery.UMLS - (Unified Medical Language System) See UMLS.VLER - (Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record) See VLER. AcronymsAHIC - American Health Information CommunityARRA - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009CAH - Critical Access HospitalCAHPS - Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and SystemsCCHIT - Certification Commission for Health Information TechnologyCCN - CMS Certification NumbersCDC - Centers for Disease Control and PreventionCFR - Code of Federal RegulationsCGD - Certification Guidance DocumentCHIME - College of Healthcare Information Management ExecutivesCHIP - Children's Health Insurance ProgramCHIPRA - Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009CMS - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ServicesCMS-0033-P - CMS Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive ProgramCY - Calendar YearEP - Eligible ProfessionalsEPO - Exclusive Provider OrganizationFACA - Federal Advisory Committee ActFFP - Federal Financial ParticipationFFS - Fee-For-Service (Medicare program)FFY - Federal Fiscal YearFQHC - Federally Qualified Health CenterFTE - Full-Time EquivalentFY - Fiscal YearGIPSE - Geocoded Interoperable Population Summary Exchange Accountability Act of 1996HEDIS - Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information SetHHS - Department of Health and Human ServicesHMO - Health Maintenance OrganizationHOS - Health Outcomes SurveyHPSA - Health Professional Shortage AreaHRSA - Health Resource Services AdministrationIAPD - Implementation Advanced Planning DocumentIHS - Indian Health ServicesIPA - Independent Practice AssociationMA - Medicare AdvantageMAC - Medicare Administrative ContractorMCO - Managed Care OrganizationMITA - Medicaid Information Technology ArchitectureMMIS - Medicaid Management Information SystemsMSA - Medical Savings AccountNCPDP - National Council for Prescription Drug ProgramsNCQA - National Committee for Quality AssuranceNCVHS - National Committee on Vital and Health StatisticsNLM - National Library of MedicineNPI - National Provider IdentifierOCR - Office for Civil RightsOIG - Office of Inspector GeneralOMB - Office of Management and BudgetONC - Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information TechnologyONC ACB - ONC Authorized Certification BodyONC ATCB - ONC Authorized Testing and Certification BodyOPM - Office of Personnel ManagementPAHP - Prepaid Ambulatory Health PlanPAPD - Planning Advanced Planning DocumentPFFS - Private Fee-For-ServicePIHP - Prepaid Inpatient Health PlanPHO - Physician Hospital OrganizationPHS - Public Health ServicePHSA - Public Health Service ActPOS - Place of ServicePPO - Preferred Provider OrganizationPQRI - Physician Quality Reporting InitiativePSO - Provider Sponsored OrganizationRFA - Regulatory Flexibility ActRHC - Rural Health ClinicRIA - Regulatory Impact AnalysisRPPO - Regional Preferred Provider OrganizationSHARP - Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects ProgramSMHP - State Medicaid Health Information Technology PlanSSA - Social Security ActTIN - Tax Identification NumberUCUM - Unified Code for Units of MeasureUNII - Unique Ingredient Identifier.