Glossary of Health Care and Medical Terms

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Health Information. Defined as information relative to the past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual that is created or received by a health care provider, health plan, public health authority, employer, life insurer, school or university, or health care clearinghouse

High Income Countries is a statistical grouping used by World Health Organizations (WHO)


Health Information Exchange (HIE)
Also see: Health Information Exchange

Health Information Management

Healthcare Information Management Systems Society

HIMSS Analytics collects and analyzes healthcare data relating to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition, costs and management metrics, healthcare trends and purchasing decisions. Database was originally derived from the Dorenfest IHDS+ Database

Health Information Organization

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Healthcare organizations were required to follow the privacy rule by 2003. The Health Reform act 2010 added fines and penalties for non-compliance. The Administrative Simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) mandated the adoption of standard unique identifiers for health care providers and health plans. See NPI and NPPES. The purpose of the administrative provisions is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the electronic transmission of health information. HIPPA is also known as the Kennedy Kassebaum Act, K2, and is officially known as Public Law 104-191
Also see: Health Insurance Portability and accountability Act

HIPAA 5010 is the latest version of proposed HIPAA’s transaction standards from the ASC X12 standards development organization. All physicians, other health care professionals, payers, and clearinghouses that submit HIPAA transactions will be required to use only the 5010 transactions as of the January 2012 deadline. This includes physicians who electronically submit administrative transactions, such as checking a patient’s eligibility, filing a claim, or receiving a remittance advice, either directly to a health insurance payer or through a clearinghouse.

The Administrative Simplification Compliance Act of 2001 (ASCA) required the use of electronic claims for providers to receive Medicare reimbursement. The current version of the standard current is Version 5010

HIPAA 835 Transaction is the edi standard transaction for Health Care Claim Payment /Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA)
Also see: HIPAA Transaction 835

HIPAA transaction 835 or HIPAA X12N 835 is the standard EDI transaction for Health Care Claim Payment Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) transmissions to providers.
Also see: ERA , 835 Transaction, HIPAA 835

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act–Administration Simplification (HIPAA–AS) requires covered entities to comply with the electronic data interchange standards for health care as established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Health Information Policy Council (HIPC)

Healthcare Informatics Standards Board

Health Information Sharing Environment

Health Information Security and Privacy

Health Information Technology

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health / HITECH Act. a sub provision of ARRA, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act mandates electronic health record adoption by 2014.

Health Information Technology Policy Council

Health Information Technology Resource Center also known as the AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology (the National Resource Center), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HITRC is part of the Health Information Technology Extension Program authorized by the HITECH Act. HITRC will gather information on effective practices and help the RECs work with one another and with relevant stakeholders to identify and share best practices in EHR adoption, meaningful use, and provider support. RECs providing outreach and education and technical asistance.
Also see: AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology, Health Information Technology Extension Program

Health Information Technology Standards Panel

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