Glossary of Health Care and Medical Terms

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see Technical Assistance

TANF: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, which replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). TANF provides a range of services to needy families. However, as used in this paper, the term primarily refers to cash assistance.


Turn Around Time or TAT is a term relative to the time of delivery of transcription data

Jerome Osheroff developed quality measures calle the taxonomy of clinical decision support (CDS) interventions. The taxonomy is a method of organizing the info to make it more useful, including forms and templates.The taxonomy is composed of four functional categories: 1) triggers, 2) input data, 3) interventions, and 4) action steps

Traumatic brain injury

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Technical Assistance (TA) are services / functions provided by Regional Extension Centers (REC) established under the HITECH Act
Also see: TA

Person who actually performs a procedure such as an xray. This is not performed b the radiologist.

Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982, 97

Telehealth applies to both clinical and non-clinical settings such as remote monitoring of patients in their home. Telehealth encompasses preventive, promotive and curative aspects of medicine. It includes clinical care, health education, public health and health administration.

Telemedicine focuses on the curative aspect of medicine, especially treating acutely sick patients by a doctor / provider who is remote. Telemedicine must provide audio and video capable of two-way, real-time interactive communication between the patient and provider
Also see: Telehealth

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Transforming Healthcare Quality Through Health Information Technology (THQIT)grants - AHRQ funded

Thrombolytic Therapy is the use of drugs to break up or dissolve blood clots, which are the main cause of both heart attacks and stroke. The most commonly used drug for thrombolytic therapy is tissue plasminogen activator (tPA)

Heart Attack
According to the American Heart Association, you have a better chance of surviving and recovering from a heart attack if you receive a thrombolytic drug within 12 hours after the heart attack starts. But ideally, you should receive thrombolytic medications within the first 90 minutes after arriving at the hospital for treatment.

Giving thrombolytics within 3 hours of the first stroke symptoms can help limit stroke damage and disability.

Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)

The IPA Association of America (TIPAAA)

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is the upgraded communications protocol from SSL

TMR stands for The Medical Record. TMR is an electronic medical record system developed in the 1970s initially for recording obstetric history info

TPO stands for treatment, payment, and health care operations. One of the newer HIPAA disclosure requirements relates to TPO

Triage is the process of determining the priority of patients' treatments based on the severity of their condition.

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