Glossary of Health Care and Medical Terms

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The Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 authorized states to establish State Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Programs (Flex Program)

Beacon Communities are selected communities throughout the United States that have already made inroads in the development of secure

Bi-directional Health Information Exchange

Bioengineering is the application of engineering principles to the fields of biology and medicine, as in the development of aids or replacements for defective or missing body organ

Bioinformatics is the study of how information is represented and transmitted in biological systems, starting at the molecular level.

See Health informatics
Also see: Health Informatics

Biomedical Science is the application of information technology to the fields of biomedical research and health care.

Bio-surveillance is the technique of tracking communicable diseases such as STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases), salmonellosis, and streptococcal infections. Bio-surveillance use special software to collect disease reports from doctors, hospitals, clinics and emergency rooms.

Blood pressure (BP) is the pressure exerted by circulating blood upon the walls of blood vessels, and is one of the principal vital signs. A person's blood pressure is usually expressed in terms of the systolic pressure over diastolic pressure and is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg), for example 140/90


Business Process Model


See Bio-surveillance
Also see: Biosurveillance

Business Rules: Rules that determine how computer systems will process information

Also see: Heart Bypass Surgery

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