Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Healthcare IT Language

The healthcare IT world uses a totally different language. Remember when you were a medical student and you had to learn acronyms like BID, PO, TID, QHS, and PRN? That was just the beginning.

Well, if you're interested in healthcare IT, get familiar with many more acronyms. Here's a brief teaser:

ANSI: American National Standards Institute

EHR: Electronic Health Record

EMR: Electronic Medical Record

CDA: Clinical Document Architecture

CPT: Current Procedural Terminology

HL7: Health Level Seven

ICD-9: International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems

NLM: National Library of Medicine

XML: The Extensible Markup Language

Now, if you can define these acronyms, then that's great! However, can you explain what each represents? That's where it can get quite complex. Also, can you really drill down into the current issues that surround the complex Health IT challenges?

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