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See also IHE’s glossary: http://wiki.ihe.net/index.php?title=Glossary

This needs to be alphabetized, organized, and made less “raw.”


The American Academy of Emergency Medicine. 1 of the 2 leading Emergency Physician Professional groups. (http://www.aaem.org/index.php)


American College of Emergency Physicians. 1 of the 2 leading Emergency Physician Professional groups. “The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is the largest and most influential emergency medicine association in the world. " (http://acep.org/aboutus.aspx?id=22546)


“The American Medical Informatics Association is the premier organization in the United States dedicated to the development and application of biomedical and health informatics in the support of patient care, teaching, research, and health care administration. AMIA was founded in 1990 through the merger of three existing health informatics associations. Since that time, AMIA has grown to more than 3,000 members from 42 countries worldwide. Together, these members represent all basic, applied, and clinical interests in health care information technology.”

(http://www.amia.org/, http://www.amia.org/inside/faq/#1)



The EMERGENCY NURSES ASSOCIATION (ENA) is the national Association for professional nurses dedicated to the advancement of emergency nursing practice. ENA serves its members by achieving the following aims:

To be the definitive authority on emergency nursing. To define the standards of excellence for emergency nursing. To promote the specialty of emergency nursing. To promote quality emergency care through continuing education activities. To be the resource for emergency nursing practice, professionalism, education, research, and consultation. To identify and address emergency care issues. To work collaboratively with other health-related organizations toward the improvement of emergency care. To affirm the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses. (http://www.ena.org/)


Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; serves as the Secretary’s principal advisor on the development, application, and use of health information technology in an effort to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of the nations health through the development of an interoperable harmonized health information infrastructure. (Source: ONC’s description)


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; a federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services that administers Medicare, Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program through portability standards. (Source: ONC’s description)


The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology; is a recognized certification body (RCB) for electronic health records and their networks, and an independent, voluntary, private-sector initiative. CCHIT’s mission is to accelerate the adoption of health information technology by creating an efficient, credible and sustainable certification program. (Source: ONC’s description)


The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the education and professional development of Physicians responsible for healthcare information technology. (http://www.amdis.org/)


The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel; a body created in 2005 in an effort to promote interoperability and harmonization of healthcare information technology through standards that would serve as a cooperative partnership between the public and private sectors. (Source: ONC’s description)


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): The United States federal agency responsible for protecting the health of the nation and providing essential human services with the assistance of its operating divisions that include: Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Aging (AOA), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Indian Health Services (IHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Program Support Center (PSC), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (Source: ONC’s description)


Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise™ (IHE) IHE is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industry to improve the way computer systems in healthcare share information. IHE promotes the coordinates use of established standards such as DICOM and HL7 to address specific clinical need in support of optimal patient care. Systems developed in accordance with IHE communicate with one another better, are easier to implement, and enable care providers to use information more effectively. (http://www.ihe.net/)


The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is the healthcare industry’s membership organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded in 1961 with offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., Brussels, and other locations across the United States and Europe, HIMSS represents more than 20,000 individual members and over 300 corporate members that collectively represent organizations employing millions of people. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare public policy and industry practices through its advocacy, educational and professional development initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to ensuring quality patient care. (http://www.himss.org/ASP/aboutHimssHome.asp)








This is the annual Pa ACEP December conference where you can learn a lot about EDISs and deployment. It has a good educational offering and is an excellent opportunity to meet with vendors face to face. (http://www.isedis.com/)


The HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) is a document markup standard that specifies the structure and semantics of “clinical documents” for the purpose of exchange. A clinical document contains observations and services and has the following characteristics: Persistence – A clinical document continues to exist in an unaltered state, for a time period defined by local and regulatory requirements 1. Stewardship – A clinical document is maintained by an organization entrusted with its care. Potential for authentication - A clinical document is an assemblage of information that is intended to be legally authenticated. Context - A clinical document establishes the default context for its contents. Wholeness - Authentication of a clinical document applies to the whole and does not apply to portions of the document without the full context of the document. Human readability – A clinical document is human readable. A CDA document is a defined and complete information object that can include text, images, sounds, and other multimedia content.



It has been said that CDA + CCR = CCD. It is a CDA verson of the the CCR. The controversy for this has been documented all over the web. (See http://www.neotool.com/blog/2007/02/15/emr-standards-c-change/ and http://emradvice.wordpress.com/category/ccr/)


“The ASTM Continuity of Care Record (CCR) was developed in response to the need to organize and make transportable a set of basic information about a patient’s health care that is accessible to clinicians and patients. The CCR is intended to foster and improve continuity of care, reduce medical errors, and ensure a minimum standard of secure health information transportability. Adoption of the CCR by the medical community and IT vendors will be a great step toward achieving interoperability of medical records (one of CHiT’s guiding principles).”



“HL7 provides standards for interoperability that improve care delivery, optimize workflow, reduce ambiguity and enhance knowledge transfer among all of our stakeholders, including healthcare providers, government agencies, the vendor community, fellow SDOs and patients. In all of our processes we exhibit timeliness, scientific rigor and technical expertise without compromising transparency, accountability, practicality, or our willingness to put the needs of our stakeholders first.” (http://www.hl7.org/about/hl7about.htm#WhatisHL7)


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