Health IT and Electronic Health Definitions

  • C

    computerized physician order entry (CPOE)

    A benefit of computerized physician order entry -- an electronic way to record patient data -- is that it eliminates errors caused by poor handwriting.

  • 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.

  • Continuity of Care Document (CCD)

    The Continuity of Care Document (CCD) is an electronic document exchange standard for sharing patient summary information.

  • Continuity of Care Record (CCR)

    The Continuity of Care Record, or CCR, is a standard for the creation of electronic summaries of patient health. Its aim is to improve the quality of health care and to reduce medical errors by making current information readily available to physicians.

  • Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code

    Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes are a uniform medical code set maintained and copyrighted by the American Medical Association and used to describe medical, surgical and diagnostic services.

  • D

    Dell State Health Services

    Dell State Health Services is a policy consulting division of the Dell corporation that provides technology and business solutions for states looking to meet the new federal healthcare requirements.

  • E

    e-prescribing (electronic prescribing)

    E-prescribing, or electronic prescribing is a technology framework that allows physicians and other medical practitioners to write and send prescriptions to a participating pharmacy electronically instead of using handwritten or faxed notes or calling in prescriptions.

  • e-prescribing (eRx) incentive program

    The Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program is a US government program that provides financial incentives to physicians, practitioners and therapists who meet certain criteria for the use of qualified e-prescribing systems.

  • eClinicalWorks

    eClinicalWorks is a Massachusetts-based company that sells electronic medical record (EMR), practice management (PM) and personal health record (PHR) software and services to reportedly more than 115,000 physicians and 70,000 facilities in the United States.

  • 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

  • EHR implementation plan

    An electronic health record (EHR) implementation plan is a comprehensive set of strategies and steps used by a health care organization when preparing for and executing the adoption of an electronic-based health care system.

  • electronic intensive care unit (eICU)

    An Electronic Intensive Care Unit (eICU) is a form of telemedicine that utilizes state of the art technology to provide an additional layer of critical care service. An eICU support center can provide care to patients in multiple hospitals.

  • electronic medical billing

    Electronic medical billing is the process by which a health care provider electronically submits a bill, or claim, to a health insurance company, or payer, for the rendering of medical services.

  • electronic protected health information (ePHI)

    Electronic protected health information (ePHI) refers to any protected health information (PHI) that is covered under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) security regulations and is produced, saved, transferred or received in an electronic form.

  • enterprise master patient index (EMPI)

    An enterprise master patient index (EMPI) is a database that is used to maintain consistent and accurate information about each patient registered by a healthcare organization.

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