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.

  • B

    biomedical informatics

    Biomedical informatics is the branch of health informatics that uses data to help clinicians, researchers and scientists improve human health and provide healthcare.

  • Biosense

    Biosense is the first foray into the field of bioinformatics for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Blue Button

    The Blue Button initiative is a national program that allows patients to access and download personal health information into a simple text file or PDF that contains all of the personal medical data or it can be separated by data class or by date range.

  • C

    California Primary Care Association (CPCA)

    The California Primary Care Association (CPCA) is an organization that represents more than 800 nonprofit community clinics and health centers in the state. The CPCA is one of three members of Cal-REC (Regional Extension Center); the California Medical Association and the California Association of Public Hospitals are the other members.

  • CCHIT - Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology

    The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) is an independent, not-for-profit group that certifies electronic health records (EHR) and networks for health information exchange (HIE) in the United States. CCHIT's stated mission is to speed the adoption of health information technology (HIT).

  • 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).

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the wing of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that runs healthcare reimbursement and health IT programs.

  • Cerner Corp.

    Cerner Corp. is a public company in North Kansas City, Mo., that provides various health information technologies, ranging from medical devices to electronic health records (EHR) to hardware.

  • CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives)

    The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an organization created to serve the professional development needs of CIOs working in the healthcare industry and to promote effective information management within that industry. CHIME meets these objectives through networking and education opportunities as well as partnerships with health information technology vendors and service firms. The organization was formed in 1992.

  • Clinical Data Repository/Health Data Repository (CHDR)

    Clinical Data Repository/Health Data Repository (CHDR) is a storage interface between the data repositories of the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. It supports bidirectional data exchange of pharmaceutical data.

  • clinical decision support system (CDSS)

    A clinical decision support system (CDSS) is an application that analyzes data to help healthcare providers make decisions and improve patient care.

  • clinical document (HL7 clinical document)

    A clinical document is a written, printed or electronic record that provides evidence of medical care.

  • Clinical Document Architecture (CDA)

    Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) is a markup standard created by Health Level 7 International (HL7) that defines the structure of discharge summaries, progress notes and other medical records.

  • clinical documentation (healthcare)

    Clinical documentation (CD) is the creation of a digital or analog record detailing a medical treatment, medical trial or clinical test.

  • clinical informatics

    Clinical informatics, also known as health informatics, is the study of how technology and data analytics can be used to improve patient care plans.

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