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This page provides explanations of many abbreviations (acronyms) used throughout the site. It is organized in alphabetical order.

A-E  F-J  K-O  P-T  U-Z

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AHIC American Health Information Community
AHIMA American Health Information Management Association
AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
ANSI American National Standards Institute
ASTHO Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
BSV Biosurveillance
CC Chronic Care
CDC Centers for Disease Control
CDISC Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium
CE Consumer Empowerment
CHI Consolidated Health Informatics
CCHIT Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology
CDS Clinical Decision Support
CHC Community Health Centers
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CPRS Computerized Patient Record System
DoD Department of Defense
EHR Electronic Health Record
EHRVA Electronic Health Record Vendors Association


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FACA Federal Advisory Committee Act
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FHA Federal Health Architecture
FORE Foundation of Research and Education
(part of AHMA; works for ONC)
HHS Department of Health & Human Services
HIE Health Information Exchange
HIMSS Healthcare Information Management Systems Society
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HISB Healthcare Informatics Standards Board
HISPC Health Information Security and Privacy
HIT Health Information Technology
HITPC Health Information Technology Policy Council
HITSP Health Information Technology Standards Panel
HL7 Health Level 7
HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration
IFMC Iowa Foundation for Medical Informatics
IHS Indian Health Service
IOM Institute of Medicine
IT Information Technology
JCAHO Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations


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MUA Medically Underserved Areas
NAHIT National Alliance for Health Information Technology; "The Alliance"
NCI National Cancer Institute
NCSL National Conference of State Legislatures
NCVHS National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics
NGA National Governors Association
NHIN Nationwide Health Information Network
NIH National Institutes of Health
NLM National Library of Medicine
OHITA Office of Health Information Technology Adoption
OIS Office of Interoperability & Standards
OMB Office of Management & Budget
ONC Office of the National Coordinator (preferred abbreviation for ONCHIT)
ONCHIT Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
OPC Office of Programs & Coordination
OPR Office of Policy & Research


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PARTner The name for IFMC's system for collecting data from everyone who reports data in to OCSQ
PHC Personalized Health Care
PHCCC Population Health & Clinical Care Connections
PHR Personal Health Record
PITAC President's Information Technology Advisory Committee
PQRI Physican Quality Reporting Initiative
PVRP Physician Voluntary Reporting Program
QUAL Quality
RHIO Regional Health Information Network
RPMS Resource and Patient Management System
RTF Review Task Force
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SDO Standards Development Organization
SNOMED Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine


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VHA Veterans Health Administration
VistA Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture
VOE Vista Office EHR
WG Work Group


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