HC Information Terms Essay Example

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Health Care Information Systems Terms

Define the following terms. Your definitions must be in your own words; do not copy them from the textbook.

After you have defined each term in your own words, describe in 40 to 60 words the health care setting in which each term would be applied. Utilize a minimum of two research sources to support your claims—one from the University Library and the other from the textbook. Be sure to cite your sources in the References section consistent with APA guidelines.


How Used in Healthcare

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

This is an act that was passed in the mid 90’s that is followed by healthcare professionals that they to patients that states that they are under a HIPAA Act meaning their records within that healthcare site and will remain confidential to no one except the appropriate staff that have permission to obtain that person’s record

This is given at a doctor’s appointment when there is a new patient to let the patient be notified that they have a right to have private records with no breach of confidentiality and by signing it they agree to the terms and conditions of who/when the records will only be examined/looked at

Electronic medical record

An electronic medical record is basically the same thing as a patient’s regular written record except it has been converted electronically on to a healthcare facility’s program that they use on their computer systems

Electronic medical records used for Medicaid patients and pharmacies who provide medicines who must follow their the laws filling medication, what kind, how much it is, and a pharmacy may look up the electronic list of the Medicaid patients’ medications to know when and what they have had filled and to know see if the person has been abiding

Electronic health record

An electronic health record is an arrangement of combined data about a patient/entire people that go to that facility which is connected to other types of information electronically via the internet that can be shared with other healthcare systems and providers

Electronic health records are used in a facility’s program accessed from one doctor/nurse/location to another as in a mental health facility and a pharmacy so a Medicare patient can easily be looked up and see what their current status is

Personal health record

It is a single record of a patient where their health information is collected by the healthcare provider personally

There are PHR obtainable to ER doctors in that department of the hospital which other doctors can look in to their patients’ PHR which may be for insurance purposes at the hospital or last visit/bill in another department but the personal record is accessed through one healthcare system like linked at doctor’s offices

Computerized provider order entry system

Also CPOE is when a doc enters a patient’s meds and possibly other notes in to a computer program instead of writing it in their chart/folder

This has been changing throughout regular family and other specialists’ offices because a lot of doctor’s offices are upgrading to this where they no longer put their data in a folder but add it electronically when they go in the room the patient is waiting in for their appointment then the doctor does so

Unique patient identifier

This happens in medical offices when a patients personal information like their social security and DOB which then the office/personnel will give the patient a distinctive number to find the patient at the time of service

When a nurse pulls charts for the day’s patents, they will look under the matchless number they had given to the people that are scheduled

Protected health information

Also PHI and with HIPAA is the data that has been recorded from a healthcare provider of one of their patients and their condition and/or history that are associated by an identifier

One of a company’s health plans and relates to their previous, current, and possible types of medical services that means they are covered by some type of insurance plan of that company

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Statewide and owned medical healthcare provided to individuals who meet a certain criteria to assist them in affording this type of health insurance which you have to be eligible through their income, physical, and mental status

A person that it is either disabled, filing for it, has children, elderly, low income, mentally/physical problems that goes to their local county human health services (department of social services) and applies and either receives care or is denied depending on every individual and their situation

Covered entities

It is a patient where there is a doctor/personnel that comports definite business by compiling it in to a computer system they use which also makes them a covered medical professional

This happens when a company that is within the medical field with patients goes about in to figuring out if a patient is covered by the HIPAA Act

Health information exchange

HIE that’s recognized as the conscription of automated medical information that is spread across associations and businesses within a specific area/neighborhood, or even a community hospital center or site

This takes place within a doctor’s office that has his own practice linked with a hospital in a given area where they may share a certain program electronically to access their patients records and updating those records when they are seen for the other facility to be able to see at another date or to add to their records like in elderly outpatient care and orthopedic doctors or other facilities by the local hospital within a town



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