Health IT and Electronic Health Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing health IT and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

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    health care cloud

    A health care cloud is a cloud computing service used for the storage of personal health information (PHI) on the part of health care providers.

  • health informatics

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

  • 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.

  • Healthcare CIO (healthcare chief information officer)

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

  • 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.

  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)

    HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) is United States legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information.

  • HIPAA business associate agreement (BAA)

    Under the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, a HIPAA business associate agreement (BAA) is a contract between a HIPAA-covered entity and a HIPAA business associate (BA).

  • HIPAA disaster recovery plan

    A HIPAA disaster recovery plan is a document that specifies the resources, actions, personnel and data that are required to protect and reinstate healthcare information in the event of a fire, vandalism, natural disaster or system failure. 

  • HIPAA omnibus rule (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 omnibus rule)

    The HIPAA omnibus rule (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 omnibus rule), in a health information technology (HIT) context, is a rule enacted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules to implement statutory amendments under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

  • HIPAA Privacy Rule

    The Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, commonly known as the HIPAA Privacy Rule, establishes the first national standards to protect patients' personal health information.

  • HIPAA Security Rule

    The Security Standards for the Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information, commonly known as the HIPAA Security Rule, establishes national standards for securing patient data that is stored or transferred electronically.

  • HIT policy committee

    The Health Information Technology (HIT) policy committee is a federal committee created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that advises the National Coordinator for Health IT on the creation of a nationwide health IT infrastructure.

  • HIT standards committee

    The Health Information Technology (HIT) standards committee is a federal committee created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that advises the National Coordinator for Health IT on matters of standards, certification criteria and other issues surrounding EHRs and meaningful use.

  • HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act of 2009

    The HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act of 2009 is legislation that was created to stimulate the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) and the supporting technology in the United States.

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