ASP: Application service provider is an organization that hosts applications on centralized servers. ASPs are organizations that remotely host, manage and deliver computer applications from an off-site location.
CHFS: The Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the agency that administers KHIE and several other departments and agencies with which the public frequently interacts including the departments for Public Health, Kentucky Medicaid and Community Based Services.
CDS: Clinical decision support provides clinicians, staff, patients and others knowledge and person-specific information, intelligently filtered at appropriate times, to enhance health and health care. CDS encompasses computerized alerts and reminders, clinical guidelines, order sets, patient data reports and dashboards, documentation templates, diagnostic support and clinical workflow tools.
CMS: Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the federal agency that administers the EHR incentive program.
CPOE: Computerized provider order entry systems are clinical applications that enable clinicians (e.g., physicians, nurses, therapists, pharmacists) to enter orders (for tests, medications, services or other clinical processes) for further processing (storage in a database for record-keeping, routing/communicating to someone or a system performing the test or procedure, for further service delivery).
EHR: An electronic health record is an aggregate electronic record of health-related information on an individual that is created and gathered cumulatively across more than one health care organization and is managed and consulted by licensed clinicians and staff involved in the individual's health and care.
EHR Incentives: Monetary incentives provided by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that provide payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
ePHR: Electronic personal health record is an electronic, cumulative record of health-related information on an individual, drawn from multiple sources, that is created, gathered and managed by the individual. The integrity of the data in the ePHR and control of access to it are the responsibility of the individual.
EMR: An electronic medical record is an electronic record of health-related information on an individual that is created, gathered, managed and consulted by licensed clinicians and staff from a single organization involved in the individual’s health and care.
Electronic Prescribing: Electronic prescribing automates the clinician's process for prescribing medications for patients by electronically delivering the prescription to the retail pharmacy or mail order service.
GOEHI: The Governor’s Office of Electronic Health Information provides leadership for the development of the Kentucky Health Information Exchange. It is a part of CHFS.
HCCN: Health center controlled network is network controlled and acting on behalf of health centers that must consist of at least three collaborator organizations. The purpose is to ensure access to health care for the medically underserved populations through the enhancement of health center operations, including health information technology.
HHS: The federal Department for Health and Human Services, which houses the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and the Office of the National Coordinator.
HIE: A health information exchange is the electronic movement of health-related data and information among organizations according to agreed standards, protocols and other criteria.
KHIE: The Kentucky Health Information Exchange, a secure interoperable network administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the state’s IT vendor.
KHIE Community Portal (VHR): An entirely Web-based system that can deliver a comprehensive electronic health record, regardless of the type of electronic medical record (EMR) or IT system employed at the source.
Meaningful Use: Criteria set forth by the ONC for users of EHR technology that show the technology has been adopted, implemented and can be used in a meaningful way to improve efficiency and care for the patient.
ONC: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is at the forefront of the Obama administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care.
OATS: The Office of Administrative and Technology Services is the management agency for Cabinet for Health and Family Services technology equipment and programs and procurement and fiscal administration services.
PMS: Practice management system is part of the computer system in a medical office that carries financial, demographic and non-medical information about patients. Frequently includes patient’s name and federal identification number, date of birth, emergency contact information and health insurance information.
REC: Agencies that deliver outreach, education and technical assistance to primary care providers as they work to attain/exceed meaningful use criteria by implementing EHRs and connecting to the health information exchange.
RHIO: An organization that brings together health care stakeholders within a defined geographic area and governs the electronic exchange of health-related information among them for the purpose of improving health and care.
Telehealth: The use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies used in telehealth include videoconferencing, the Internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.
Telemedicine: The use of telecommunications and information technologies to provide clinical services when distance separates the participants.