ASP: An 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 is the state agency that administers KHIE and other public programs and services including the departments for Public Health, Medicaid Services and Community Based Services.

CDS: Clinical decision support provides clinicians, staff, patients and others 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: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is a federal agency of the Department of Health and Human Services that administers several programs including the Electronic Health Record Incentive program.

CPOE: Computerized provider order entry systems are clinical applications that enable physicians, nurses, therapists, pharmacists and other clinicians to enter orders for  tests, medications, services or other clinical processes for further processing, such as storage in a database for recordkeeping, routing/communicating to someone or a system performing the test or procedure, for further service delivery.

Division of Kentucky Electronic Health Information: The division is an agency of CHFS providing leadership in developing the Kentucky Health Information Exchange. 

EHR: An electronic health record is a comprehensive electronic record for an individual created, shared and gathered cumulatively among multiple facilities and across more than one health care organization. The EHR is managed and consulted by licensed clinicians and staff involved in the individual's health and care.

EHR Incentive Program: Monetary incentives created by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 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: An electronic personal health record is a digital record of an individual's health-related information drawn from multiple sources.  ePHRs are 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 a digital record of an individual's health-related information 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 process for prescribing medications to patients by electronically delivering the prescription to the retail pharmacy or mail order service. 

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.

HISP: A health information service provider allows providers to share patient health information across a secure network.

KHIE: The Kentucky Health Information Exchange is a secure interoperable network administered by CHFS and the state IT vendor.

KHIE Community Portal (VHR): An entirely Web-based system that delivers a comprehensive EHR, regardless of the type of EMR or IT system employed at the source.

Meaningful Use: Criteria set forth by the Office of the National Coordinator 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 health IT efforts in the US and is a resource for health systems 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 CHFS management agency for technology equipment and programs and procurement and fiscal administration services.

PMS: A practice management system is part of the software system within a medical office that carries financial, demographic and non-medical information regarding patients. A PMS frequently includes the patient's name, federal identification number, date of birth, emergency contact information and health insurance information.

REC: Regional extension centers deliver outreach, education and technical assistance to primary care providers working to meet/exceed meaningful use criteria by implementing EHRs and connecting to the health information exchange.

RHIO: Regional health information organizations bring together health care stakeholders within a defined geographic area and govern the electronic exchange of health-related information among them for the purpose of improving health and care.

Telehealth refers to the use of electronic information and 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, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media and terrestrial and wireless communications.

Telemedicine is the he use of telecommunications and information technologies to provide clinical services when distance separates the participants.

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