Glossary of Health Care and Medical Terms

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Physician Assistant

Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). Provides a digital workflow platform for viewing, storage, retrieval and distribution of digital images. In addition to radiology, pathology, gastroenterology, and cardiology may also involve medical imaging.
Picture - digital diagnostic image, typically radiological
Archiving - electronic storage and retrieval, so no lost films
Communication - computer network with multiple access and IS integration
System - control of the processes with integrated technology
PACS stores images from the various digital acquisition devices, such as ultrasound (US), computed tomography (CT), mammography (mammo), as different modalities.

Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) or surgery recovery room

Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM)

Pandemic surveillance is much like Bio-surveillance in the technological aspects. Details about the victims are stored to allow tracking of the transmission and extent of contagion over time.
Also see: Biosurveillance

Under the healthcare reform act 2010, an ACO is at financial risk for some, but not all, of the items and services covered under parts A and B, such as at risk

The name for IFMC's system for collecting data from everyone who reports data in to OCSQ

Pathology: 1) The science of the causes and effects of diseases, esp. the branch of medicine that deals with the laboratory examination of samples of body tissue for diagnostic or forensic purposes. Or 2) Pathological features considered collectively; the typical behavior of a disease

The Health Care Reform Act of 2010 / Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), along with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, was passed in 2010 to reform the private health insurance industry and public health insurance programs. PPACA objectives are to improve coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, expand access to care for over 30 million Americans, and reduce the long term costs of the United States health care system.
Also see: PPACA

Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2011 is an innovative program for improving primary care developed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The Patient Centered Medical Home is a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family.

Healthcare Pay for Performance (P4P) programs reward hospitals, physician practices and other providers with both financial and non-financial incentives based on performance on select measures. These performance measures can cover various aspects of healthcare delivery: clinical quality and safety, efficiency, patient experience and health information technology adoption.
Also see: P4P

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