Health IT planning Definitions

  • 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.

  • Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN)

    The Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) is a set of standards, services and policies that enable secure health information exchange (HIE) over the Internet.

  • NHIN Direct

    NHIN Direct is a project being developed by the Nationwide Health Information Network that aims to enable secure health information exchange (HIE) over the Internet for primary care physicians, specialists and public health agencies.

  • O

    ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology)

    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, abbreviated ONC, is an entity within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

  • P

    Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC)

    The Public Health Data Standards Consortium (referred to as PHDSC or the Consortium) is an independent agency that focuses on improvements in health information technology for both the health care industry and the public health market.

  • R

    registered health information technician (RHIT)

    A registered health information technician (RHIT) is a certified professional who stores and verifies the accuracy and completeness of electronic health records.

  • RxNorm

    RxNorm is a catalog of the standard names given to clinical drugs and drug delivery devices in the United States to enable interoperability and clear communication between electronic systems, regardless of software and hardware compatibility.

  • S

    SERMO

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

  • SNOMED CT (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine -- Clinical Terms)

    SNOMED CT (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine -- Clinical Terms) is a standardized, multilingual vocabulary of clinical terminology that is used by physicians and other health care providers for the electronic exchange of clinical health information.

  • U

    Unified Medical Language System (UMLS)

    Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) is a comprehensive list of biomedical terms for developing computer systems capable of understanding the specialized vocabulary used in biomedicine and health care.

  • Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2)

    Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2) is an organization dedicated to fostering the use of technology within both the public and private sectors of the health care industry.

  • 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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