Glossary of Health Care and Medical Terms

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Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program is similar to the pay per performance concepts. Hospitals pay for and reward physicians and vendors providing quality and the best value.
Also see: Pay for Performance


Value-Based Purchasing (VBP)
Also see: Value-Based Purchasing

Vertical integration: Connecting programs that provide a similar benefit to populations with different income levels


The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the component of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that implements the medical assistance program of the VA through the administration and operation of numerous VA outpatient clinics, hospitals, medical centers and long-term healthcare facilities (i.e., nursing homes)
Veterans Health Administration

Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA): an enterprise-wide information EHR system used throughout the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical system

Vital Signs are measures of various physiological statistics, often taken by health professionals, in order to assess the most basic body functions. The HITECH Act requires documentation of vital signs as one of the core CMS meaningful use criteria to qualify for the electronic health record (EHR) Incentive Program.

Vista Office HER (VOE)

Voice Recognition software is a type of artificial intelligence software.

Voice recognition is a technology that interprets spoken words in order to identify the person and take appropriate action.  The terms “speech recognition” and “voice recognition” are often used interchangeably.
Also see: Dragon Naturally Speaking, Speech Recognition

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