Health IT Key Acronyms

Health IT Acronyms


Health IT Acronyms A-C

  • ACA – The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • ACC – Accountable Care Collaborative
  • ACI – Advancing Care Information
  • ACO – Accountable Care Organization
  • AIU – Adopt, Implement, Upgrade (certified EHR technology)
  • ANPRM – Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • ANSI – American National Standards Institute
  • API – Application Programming Interface
  • APM – Alternative Payment Model
  • ARRA – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  • ASC – Ambulatory Surgical Center
  • ASP – Application Service Provider
  • ATCB – Authorized Testing and Certification Body
  • ATL – Accredited Testing Laboratory
  • ATNA – Audit Trail and Node Authentication
  • BAA – Business Associate Agreement
  • BHIE – Bidirectional Health Information Exchange
  • BPCI -Bundled Payments for Care Improvement
  • BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
  • BYOP – Bring Your Own Phone
  • BYOPC – Bring Your Own PC
  • BYOT – Bring Your Own Technology
  • CAH – Critical Access Hospital
  • CAHPS -Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems
  • CBO – Community-Based Organization
  • CBSA – Non-Core Based Statistical Area
  • CCD – Continuity of Care Document (CCR + CDA became CCD)
  • C-CDA – Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture
  • CCN – CMS Certification Number
  • CCR – Continuity of Care Record
  • CDA – Clinical Document Architecture
  • CDO – care delivery organization
  • CDR – Clinical Data Repository
  • CDS – clinical decision support
  • CDSS – clinical decision support system
  • CEHRT – Certified Electronic Health Record Technology
  • CER – Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • CFR – Code of Federal Regulations
  • CHC – Community Health Centers
  • CHIPRA – Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act
  • CHIP – Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • CHPL – Certified Health IT Product List
  • CHR – Community Health Records
  • CJR – Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement
  • CLIA – Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments
  • CMV – Controlled Medical Vocabulary
  • COI - Collection of Information
  • CPIA – Clinical Practice Improvement Activity
  • CPOE – Computerized physician order entry
  • CPRS – Computerized Patient Record System
  • CPS – Composite Performance Score
  • CPT – Current Procedural Terminology
  • CQM – Clinical Quality Measure
  • CTE – Conditions for Trusted Exchange
  • CY / FY -Calendar Year / Fiscal Year (Federal)

Health IT Acronyms D-M

  • DBE – Documenting by exception
  • DOB – Date of Birth
  • DURSA – Data use and reciprocal support agreement
  • eCQI – Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement
  • eCQM - electronic Clinician Quality Measure
  • ED – Emergency Department
  • EDIS – Emergency Department Information Systems
  • EH – Eligible Hospital
  • eMAR – Electronic Medication Administration Record
  • EMR/EHR – electronic medical/health record
  • EP – Eligible Professional
  • eRx – Electronic Transmission of Prescriptions (ePrescribing)
  • FACA – Federal Advisory Committee Act
  • FAST – Federal Adoption of Standards for Health IT
  • FFS – Fee-For-Service
  • FHA – Federal Health Architecture
  • FHIR – Fast Health care Interoperability Resources
  • FIPS – Federal Information Processing Standards
  • FOA – Funding Opportunity Announcement
  • FOSS – Free and Open Source/Solutions Software
  • FQHC – Federally Qualified Health Center
  • FTP – File Transport Protocol
  • FDP – Gross Domestic Product
  • GPRO – Group Practice Reporting Option
  • HEDIS – Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set
  • HIE – Health Information Exchanges
  • HIM – Health Information Management
  • HIO – Health Information Organization
  • HIQR – Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting
  • HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • HISP – Health Information Service Provider
  • HISPC – Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration
  • HIT – Health Information Technology
  • HITECH – Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act
  • HITPC – Health Information Technology Privacy Council
  • HIQR – Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting
  • HIX – Health Insurance Exchange
  • HPSA – Health Professional Shortage Areas
  • HRSA – Health Resources and Services Administration
  • ICD-10-CM – International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification
  • ICD-10-PCS – International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Coding System
  • ICD-9-CM – International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification
  • ICE – Integrated Community EHR
  • IFR – Interim Final Rule
  • IOM – Institute of Medicine
  • IPPS – Inpatient Prospective Payment System
  • ISO – International Organization for Standardization
  • IT – Information Technology
  • LTPAC – Long Term Post Acute Care
  • LOINC – Logical Observations Identifiers, Names, Codes
  • MA – Medicare Advantage
  • MACRA – Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015
  • MCMP –Medicare Care Management Performance Demonstration
  • MCO – Managed Care Organization
  • MDDS – Medical Device Data Systems
  • MEI – Medicare Economic Index
  • MIPAA – Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008
  • MIPS – Merit-based Incentive Payment System
  • MITA – Medicaid Information Technology Architecture
  • MMIS – Medicaid Management Information System
  • MSSP – Medicare Shared Savings Program
  • MU – Meaningful Use
  • MUA – Medically Underserved Areas

Health IT Acronyms N-Z

  • NCQA – National Committee for Quality Assurance
  • NCVHS –National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics
  • NLM – National Library of Medicine
  • NLP – Natural Language Processing
  • NPI –National Provider Identifier
  • NPRM – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • NPPES – National Plan and Provider Emumeration System
  • NVLAP – National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program
  • NwHIN – Nationwide Health Information Network
  • OCM – Oncology Care Model
  • OCPO – Office of the Chief Privacy Officer
  • ONC-AA – ONC-Approved Accreditor
  • ONC-ACB – ONC-Authorized Certification Body
  • ONC-ATCB – ONC Authorized Testing and Certification Body
  • ONCHIT – Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
  • P4P – Pay for Performance
  • PA –Physician Assistant
  • PACS – picture archiving and communication systems
  • PBRNs – Practice-Based Research Networks
  • PCHR – Personally Controlled Health Record
  • PCI DSS – Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
  • PCMH – Patient-Centered Medical Home
  • PCP – Primary Care Physician
  • PECOS –Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System
  • PFPM – Physician Focused Payment Model
  • PFS – Physician Fee Schedule
  • PGHD – Patient-Generated Health Data
  • PHA – Public Health Agency
  • PHS – Public Health Service
  • PHI – Personal Health Information or Protected Health Information
  • PHR – Personal Health Record
  • PHSA – Public Health Service Act
  • PMS – Practice Management System
  • POS – Place of Service
  • PPACA – Patient Portability and Affordable Care Act
  • PPS –Prospective Payment System (Medicare Part A)
  • PQRI – Physician Quality Reporting Initiative
  • PQRS – Physician Quality Reporting System
  • QCDR – Qualified Clinician Data Registry
  • QP – Qualifying APM Professional
  • QPP – Quality Payment Program
  • QRDA – Quality Reporting Document Architecture
  • QRUR – Quality and Resource Use Reports
  • RBRVS – Resource-Based Relative Value Scale
  • REC – Regional Extension Center
  • RHC –Rural Health Clinic
  • RHIO – Regional Health Information Organizations
  • RHQDAPU –Reporting Hospital Quality Data for Annual Payment Update
  • RPA – Robotic Process Automation
  • RTLS – Real Time Location Systems
  • RVU – Relative Value Unit
  • SaaS – Software-as-a-Service product
  • SDO – Standards Development Organization
  • SGR – Sustainable Growth Rate
  • SMHP – State Medicaid Health Information Plan
  • SMTP – Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
  • SNOMED CT – Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine — Clinical Terms
  • SOAP – Subjective, Objective, Assessment, and Plan
  • TCPI – Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative
  • TIN –Taxpayer Identification Number
  • TLS – Transport Layer Security
  • UCD – User-Centered Design
  • UNII Unique Ingredient Identifier
  • UCUM – Unified Code for Units of Measure
  • USB – Universal Serial Bus
  • USHIK – United States Health Information Knowledgebase
  • VA – Veterans Affairs
  • VLER – Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (used by VA)
  • VM – Value-based Payment Modifier
  • VNA – Vendor Neutral Archive
  • VPS – Volume Performance Standard
  • XML – Extensible Markup Language

Health IT Acronyms Occupations and Degrees

  • APRN – Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • ASPE – HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
  • CIO – Chief Information Officer
  • CISO – Chief Information Security Officer
  • CMO – Chief Medical Officer
  • CMIO – Chief Medical Information/Informatics Officer
  • HIAN – Health Informatics and Analytics
  • MSHCA – Master of Science in Health Care Analytics and Information Technology
  • NP – Nurse Practitioner


Health IT Acronyms for Organizations and Agencies

  • AAAAI – American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
  • AAHAM – American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management
  • AAMI – Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
  • AAPC – American Academy of Professional Coders
  • ACC – American College of Cardiology
  • ACRO – Association of Clinical Research Organizations
  • AHA – American Hospital Association
  • AHDI – Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity
  • AHIC – American Health Information Community (Now NeHC)
  • AHIMA – The American Health Information Management Association
  • AHRQ – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • AMDIS – Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems
  • AMIA – American Medical Informatics Association
  • AMSPAR – The Association of Medical Secretaries, Practice Managers, Administrators and Receptionists
  • ANI – Alliance for Nursing Informatics
  • ANSI – American National Standards Institute
  • APHA – American Public Health Association
  • ASHHRA – American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration
  • ASTM – ASTM International – originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials
  • CAQH – Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare
  • CCHIT – Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology
  • CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CDISC – Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium
  • CHIME – College of Healthcare Information Management Executives
  • CMMI – Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
  • CMS – Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • DMAA – Disease Management Association of America (now Care Continuum Alliance)
  • EHRA – Electronic Health Record Association (of HIMSS)
  • EHNAC – Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission
  • EHRVA – Electronic Health Record Vendors Association
  • FDA – Food and Drug Administration
  • HBMA – Healthcare Billing and Management Association
  • HIMSS – Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
  • HISB – Healthcare Informatics Standards Board
  • HISPC – Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration
  • HITAC – Health Information Technology Advisory Committee
  • HITRC – National Health IT Research Center
  • HITSP – Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel
  • HHS – Department of Health and Human Services
  • HL7 – Health Level 7
  • HRSA – Health Resources and Services Administration (under HHS)
  • IHI – Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • IHTSDO – International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization
  • IPA – Independent Practice Association
  • ISDS – International Society for Disease Surveillance
  • JCAHO – The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
  • MGMA – Medical Group Management Association
  • MSO – Medical (or Management) Service Organization
  • MTIA – Medical Transcription Industry Association
  • MTSO – Medical Transcription Service Organization
  • NAHAM – National Association of Healthcare Access Management
  • NAHIT – National Alliance for Health Information Technology (Ceasing operation on 9/30/09)
  • NASCIO – National Association of State Chief Information Officers
  • NATE – National Association for Trusted Exchange
  • NCPDP – National Counsil for Prescription Drug Programs
  • NCQA – National Committee for Quality Assurance
  • NCVHS – National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics
  • NeHC – National eHealth Collaborative
  • NHIN – Nationwide Health Information Network
  • NHMA – National Hispanic Medical Association
  • NIH – National Institues of Health
  • NIST – National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • NQF – National Quality Forum
  • OCR – Office of Civil Rights (Dept of Health and Human Services)
  • OESS – Office of E-Health Standards and Servies (under CMS)
  • OMB –Office of Management and Budget
  • ONC – Office of the National Coordinator (preferred abbreviation for ONCHIT)
  • PAHCOM – Professional Association of Health Care Office Management
  • PCAST – President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
  • PCORI – Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • PHDSC – Public Health Data Standards Consortium
  • PHO – Physician Hospital Organization
  • SHIRE – Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc.
  • TCBI – The Center for Business Innovation
  • TIPAAA – The IPA Association of America
  • WEDI – Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange

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