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(Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel) A volunteer group administered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Organized in 2005, HITSP has been involved with developing interoperability standards for the healthcare industry. For more information, visit See healthcare IT.

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Following is a summary of common terms found in documentation related to information technology (IT) in the healthcare field.


CCOW - (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.


AHIC - American Health Information Community

ARRA - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

CAH - Critical Access Hospital

CAHPS - Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems

CCHIT - Certification Commission for Health Information Technology

CCN - CMS Certification Numbers

CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CFR - Code of Federal Regulations

CGD - Certification Guidance Document

CHIME - College of Healthcare Information Management Executives

CHIP - Children's Health Insurance Program

CHIPRA - Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009

CMS - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

CMS-0033-P - CMS Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program

CY - Calendar Year

EP - Eligible Professionals

EPO - Exclusive Provider Organization

FACA - Federal Advisory Committee Act

FFP - Federal Financial Participation

FFS - Fee-For-Service (Medicare program)

FFY - Federal Fiscal Year

FQHC - Federally Qualified Health Center

FTE - Full-Time Equivalent

FY - Fiscal Year

GIPSE - Geocoded Interoperable Population Summary Exchange Accountability Act of 1996

HEDIS - Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services

HMO - Health Maintenance Organization

HOS - Health Outcomes Survey

HPSA - Health Professional Shortage Area

HRSA - Health Resource Services Administration

IAPD - Implementation Advanced Planning Document

IHS - Indian Health Services

IPA - Independent Practice Association

MA - Medicare Advantage

MAC - Medicare Administrative Contractor

MCO - Managed Care Organization

MITA - Medicaid Information Technology Architecture

MMIS - Medicaid Management Information Systems

MSA - Medical Savings Account

NCPDP - National Council for Prescription Drug Programs

NCQA - National Committee for Quality Assurance

NCVHS - National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics

NLM - National Library of Medicine

NPI - National Provider Identifier

OCR - Office for Civil Rights

OIG - Office of Inspector General

OMB - Office of Management and Budget

ONC - Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
ONC ACB - ONC Authorized Certification Body
ONC ATCB - ONC Authorized Testing and Certification Body

OPM - Office of Personnel Management

PAHP - Prepaid Ambulatory Health Plan

PAPD - Planning Advanced Planning Document

PFFS - Private Fee-For-Service

PIHP - Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan

PHO - Physician Hospital Organization

PHS - Public Health Service

PHSA - Public Health Service Act

POS - Place of Service

PPO - Preferred Provider Organization

PQRI - Physician Quality Reporting Initiative

PSO - Provider Sponsored Organization

RFA - Regulatory Flexibility Act

RHC - Rural Health Clinic

RIA - Regulatory Impact Analysis

RPPO - Regional Preferred Provider Organization

SHARP - Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects Program

SMHP - State Medicaid Health Information Technology Plan

SSA - Social Security Act

TIN - Tax Identification Number

UCUM - Unified Code for Units of Measure

UNII - Unique Ingredient Identifier

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