Interoperability Definitions

  • A

    Amalga

    Amalga is a health IT data integration platform designed to retrieve and display healthcare-related information from various sources, including scanned documents, lab results, dictated notes and images such as X-rays, EKGs and MRIs.

  • B

    Bidirectional Health Information Exchange (BHIE)

    Bidirectional Health Information Exchange (BHIE) is a health information sharing project that builds on the previously established Federal Health Information Exchange (FHIE) program. The BHIE allows for two-way sharing of PHI data between the Department of Defense and the Veterans Health Administration. The data shared under BHIE includes pre- and post-deployment physicals and progress notes.

  • Biosense

    Biosense is the first foray into the field of bioinformatics for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • C

    Cerner Corp.

    Cerner Corp. is one of the top electronic health record (EHR) vendors in the healthcare space. Its closest rival is EHR vendor Epic Systems Corp. Cerner is noted for its membership in a nonprofit dedicated to promoting interoperability and its recent successful bid for the United States Department of Defense EHR contract.

  • Clinical Data Repository/Health Data Repository (CHDR)

    Clinical Data Repository/Health Data Repository (CHDR) is a storage interface between the data repositories of the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. It supports bidirectional data exchange of pharmaceutical data.

  • Consolidated Health Informatics (CHI)

    The Consolidated Health Informatics (CHI) initiative refers to a collaborative effort to create and adopt health informatics standards to be used by federal departments such as the Department of Health & Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • E

    eHealth Initiative

    The eHealth Initiative is an independent, nonprofit organization that engages doctors and patients in order to standardize and reform the use of health information technology (HIT) to improve patient care in the United States

  • F

    Federal Health Architecture (FHA)

    The Federal Health Architecture (FHA) is an initiative led by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to coordinate the health information technology efforts of the nearly two dozen federal agencies that provide health care services.

  • Federal Health Information Exchange (FHIE)

    Federal Health Information Exchange (FHIE) is a health information sharing project that allows the Department of Defense to share service members’ personal health information in a joint storage area also accessible by the Veterans Health Administration. This information includes demographics, any medication taken and lab results.

  • FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources)

    Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is an interoperability standard for electronic exchange of healthcare information.

  • H

    health information exchange (HIE)

    Health information exchange (HIE) is the transmission of healthcare-related data among facilities, health information organizations (HIO) and government agencies according to national standards.

  • Health IT (health information technology)

    Health IT involves the use of electronic health records systems to improve medical care, coordination and research, patient engagement and safety, and provider reimbursement.

  • HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society)

    The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to promote the best use of information technology and management systems in the health care industry.

  • HITSP

    HITSP (Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel) is an organization created to promote standardization and broad scale interoperability among healthcare applications and information systems. The Panel is made up of healthcare experts from both the public and private sectors and includes caregivers, developers, government agencies and end users.

  • hybrid health record (HHR)

    A hybrid health record (HHR) is documentation of an individual's health information that is tracked in multiple formats and stored in multiple places. Today, the majority of health records in the United States are considered to be hybrid.

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