Safety Definitions

  • A

    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is a U.S. government agency that functions as a part of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to support research to help improve the quality of health care.

  • 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.

  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, ACA or Obamacare)

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (more commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act, ACA or Obamacare) is a healthcare law passed by Congress in 2010 during the administration of President Barack Obama.

  • C

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Promoting a healthy general public and sharing data about chronic diseases are main goals of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • clinical trial

    A clinical trial is a research study that seeks to answer a specific question about whether a medical strategy, treatment or device is safe for humans and improves patient outcomes.

  • F

    FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

    The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) regulates the production and sale of food, medicine, health technology and cosmetic products. The FDA, also called the USFDA, approves drugs and medical devices for sale and recalls unsafe products.

  • H

    HL7 (Health Level Seven International)

    HL7 (Health Level Seven International) is a family of standards for the exchange of electronic health information. HL7 standards are promulgated by the international nonprofit of the same name.

  • J

    Joint Commission

    The Joint Commission is an independent group that presently accredits 20,500 healthcare facilities in the United States by performing onsite evaluations.

  • P

    patient engagement

    Patient engagement is an ideal healthcare situation in which people are well-informed about -- and motivated to be involved -- in their own medical care.

  • U

    U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)

    The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the largest biomedical library in the world.

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