IT infrastructure Definitions

  • H

    health care cloud

    A health care cloud is a cloud computing service used by health care providers for storing, maintaining and backing up personal heath information (PHI).

  • Health Information Exchange (HIE)

    Health information exchange (HIE) is the electronic transmission of healthcare-related data among medical facilities, health information organizations -- companies that oversee and govern the exchange of this data -- and government agencies according to national standards.

  • Health IT (health information technology)

    Health IT (health information technology) is the area of IT involving the design, development, creation, use and maintenance of information systems for the healthcare industry.

  • HL7 (Health Level Seven International)

    HL7 (Health Level Seven International) is a set of standards, formats and definitions for exchanging and developing electronic health records (EHRs).

  • K

    Kinect

    Kinect is Microsoft’s motion gaming system for the Xbox 360. The system provides a natural user interface (NUI) that allows users to interact intuitively and without any intermediary device, such as a controller.

  • L

    laboratory information system

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

  • LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes)

    LOINC, the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes, is a standard for identifying medical laboratory observations. It was created in 1994 by the Regenstrief Institute Inc., an Indianapolis-based research organization affiliated with Indiana University, in response to demand for the electronic movement of clinical data.

  • M

    McKesson Corp.

    McKesson Corp. is a provider of medicines, pharmaceutical supplies and health information technology including nursing automation, practice management, clinical decision support systems, secure online healthcare communication and electronic health records systems. Based in San Francisco, it is one of the largest providers of these services in the United States and has more than 32,000 employees.

  • medical 3-D printing

    Medical 3-D printing is a growing field dedicated to creating medical implants, devices, prosthetics and even human tissue using 3-D printing technology.

  • medical practice management (MPM) software

    Medical practice management (MPM) software is a collection of computerized services used by healthcare professionals and administration to streamline day-to-day tasks within a medical practice and improve the efficiency of operations and quality of patient care.

  • medical transcription (MT)

    Medical transcription (MT)  is the manual processing of voice reports dictated by physicians and other healthcare professionals into text format. 

  • mHealth (mobile health)

    mHealth (mobile health) is a general term for the use of mobile phones and other wireless technology in medical care.

  • mHealth Alliance

    MHealth Alliance is non-profit organization hosted by the United Nations Foundation that focuses on advancing mHealth technology in global health care through policy research, advocacy and outreach.

  • P

    PACS (picture archiving and communication system)

    PACS (picture archiving and communication system) is a medical imaging technology used primarily in healthcare organizations to securely store and digitally transmit electronic images and clinically-relevant reports.

  • PHI breach (protected health information breach)

    A PHI breach is unauthorized access, use or disclosure of individually identifiable health information that is held or transmitted by a healthcare organization or its business associates.

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