Healthcare Technology Acronyms

Health Information Program

 

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ACHE:  American College of Healthcare Executives (www.ache.org)

AHA:  American Hospital Association (www.aha.org)

AHIMA:  American Health Information Management Association (www.ahima.org)

AMA:  American Medical Association (www.ama-assn.org)

ARRA:  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

ASTM:  American Society for Testing and Materials (www.astm.org)

AWPHD:  Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts (www.awphd.org)

B

BHIX: Brooklyn Health Information Exchange

BHP:  Basic Health Plan (www.basichealth.hca.wa.gov)

C

CAH:  Critical Access Hospital

CAQH: Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (www.caqh.org)

CCD: Continuity of Care Document

CCF: Community Care Facility

CCR: Continuity of Care Record

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov)

CFDA:  Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

CHARS:  Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System (Washington)

CIO:  Chief Information Officer

CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (www.cms.gov)

CORE: Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange

CPT:  Current Procedural Technology

CVX: Clinical Vaccine Code set Names

D

DOH:  Department of Health (Washington) (www.doh.wa.gov)

DSHS:  Department of Social & Health Services (Washington) (www.dshs.wa.gov)

E

EARS: Early Aberration Reporting System

ED: Emergency Department (see also ER)

EDI: Electronic Data Interchange

EHR: Electronic Health Record

ELINCS: EHR-Laboratory Interoperability and Connectivity Specification

ELR: Electronic Laboratory Reporting

ER:  Emergency Room

F

FCC: Federal Communications Commission (www.fcc.gov)

FCN: Federal Catalog Number

FQHC: Federally Qualified Health Center and rural equivalent

G

GAO:  General Accounting Office (www.gao.gov)

H

HAI:  Healthcare-associated Infection

HCA:  Health Care Authority (Washington) (www.hca.wa.gov)

HEDIS: Health Care Effectiveness Data and Information Set

HFMA:  Healthcare Financial Management Association (www.hfma.org)

HIE: Health Information Exchange

HIMSS:  Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (www.himss.org)

HIO: Health Information Organization

HIP:  Health Information Program

HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HIT: Health Information Technology

HITECH: Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, part of ARRA

HITFAC: Health Information Technology Financing Advisory Commission

HITSP: Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel

HL7: Health Level 7

HMO: Health Maintenance Organization

I

ICD-9 or ICD-10: International Classification of Diseases, revision 9 or 10

ICU: Intensive Care Unit

IDN: Integrated Delivery Network

IFR: Interim Proposed Rule IPA: Independent Physician Association

IPSec: Internet Protocol Security

IRS:  Internal Revenue Service (www.irs.gov)

J

JCAHO:  Joint Commission of on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (www.jointcommission.org)

K

L

LEC: Local Extension Center

LOINC: Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes

M

MGMA:  Medical Group Management Association (www.mgma.com)

MOU: Memorandum of Understanding

MPA:  Medicaid Purchasing Administration (Washington)

N

NACO: National Association of County Officers

NAPHSIS: National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems

NCQA:  National Committee for Quality Assurance

NCVHS: National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics

NGA: National Governors’ Association

NHIE: Nationwide Health Information Exchange

NHIN: Nationwide Health Information Network

NICU: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

NIST: National Institute of Standards and Technology

NHSN:  National Healthcare Safety Network

NPI: National Provider Identifier

NPRM: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

O

OMB: Office of Management and Budget  (www.whitehouse.gov/omb)

ONC: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

P

PBM: Pharmacy Benefits Management

PEBB:  Public Employees Benefit Board (Washington)

PHD:  Public Hospital District

PHI: Personal Health Information

PHR: Personal Health Record

PPO: Preferred Provider Organization

Q

R

RCW:  Revised Code of Washington

REC: Regional Extension Center (see WIREC)

Regional HIO: Regional Health Information Organization

RHITEC: Regional Health Information Technology Extension Center (same as REC)

RHQN:  Rural Health Quality Network

S

SAML: Security Assertion Markup Language

SEFA: Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards

SMS: Short Message Service

SNOMED: Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine

SOAP: Simple Object Access Protocol

SOP: Standard Operating Procedure

STEVE: State and Territorial Exchange of Vital Events

T

TAC: Technical Advisory Committee

TRC: TeleHealth Resource Center

TLS: Transport Layer Security

TWG: Technical Working Group

U

UDDI: Universal Description Discovery Interface

UHC: United Health Care

URI: Uniform Resource Identifier

URL: Uniform Resource Locator

V

W

WAC:  Washington Administrative Code

WIREC:  Washington & Idaho Regional Extension Center (www.wirecqh.org)

WSDL: Web Services Description Language

WSHA:  Washington State Hospital Association (wsha-archive.seattlewebgroup.com)

WSHIMA: Washington State Health Information Management Association (www.wshima.org)

WSMA:  Washington State Medical Association (www.wsma.org)

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