Organization Definitions

  • A

    American Medical Association (AMA)

    The American Medical Association (AMA) is a physician group that works for healthcare reform and publishes a collection of medical journals.

  • B

    Biosense

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

  • C

    CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives)

    The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an organization created to serve the professional development needs of CIOs working in the healthcare industry and to promote effective information management within that industry. CHIME meets these objectives through networking and education opportunities as well as partnerships with health information technology vendors and service firms. The organization was formed in 1992.

  • CMIO (Chief Medical Information Officer)

    A Chief Medical Information Officer, or CMIO, essentially serves as the bridge between medical and IT departments at a health care organization. This person may also be referred to as the director of medical informatics or health informatics.

  • H

    health informatics

    Health informatics, a term that includes narrower fields such as clinical and nursing informatics, is the study and management of health information.

  • Healthcare CIO (healthcare chief information officer)

    A healthcare CIO is a healthcare executive with an influence over technology purchasing and other IT business decisions.

  • L

    laboratory information system

    A laboratory information system (LIS) is software that collects, stores and produces reports from medical test data.

  • N

    national provider identifier (NPI)

    A national provider identifier (NPI) is a unique ten-digit identification number required by HIPAA for covered healthcare providers in the United States.

  • National Quality Forum (NQF)

    The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to improving the quality of health care in the United States. To that end, the NQF embodies a three-part mission -- to set goals for performance improvement, to endorse standards for measuring and reporting on performance and to promote educational and outreach programs. NQF members include purchasers, physicians, nurses, hospitals, certification bodies and fellow quality improvement organizations.

  • S

    SERMO

    SERMO is an online social network of verified physicians where they can anonymously discuss patient cases and non-medical subjects.

  • Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)

    Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is a society of radiologists and similar health scientists that seeks to encourage connections between colleagues and provide scientists with a platform for radiology education and research.

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