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Clinical Terminologies

  • Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)— CPT from the American Medical Association is a widely used system used to report healthcare services and procedures to all kinds of insurance programs.
  • Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes— This is the homepage for a medical information standard that is being developed to deal with laboratory results collection, interpretation, and storage.
  • MEDCIN— Medicomp Systems is the creator of MEDCIN, a medical vocabulary and system of standardized terminology that is designed to be used with Electronic Health Record systems and can also be used in concert with other systems of medical codification.
  • SNOMED-CT— SNOMED-CT is a health informatics system that is designed to identify and mark medical data at the point of care.
  • WHO Family of International Classifications— The World Health Organization is developing this system of international classifications to help standardize the storage, retrieval, analysis, and interpretation of data on an international basis.

Privacy, Security, and Confidentiality

  • Health Privacy— Here is some good information on medical privacy and confidentiality from the Center for Democracy & Technology.
  • HHS: Health Information Privacy— Information on the privacy of personal health data and enforcement of privacy violations is found on this page from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • HIMSS— There is a variety of privacy-related health information on this page from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
  • Medical Privacy in the Electronic Age— This is a fact sheet on the privacy rules found in the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Affordability Act of 1996.

Health Information Exchange

  • HL7— Since 1987, Health Level Seven International (HL7) has worked to develop standards for exchanging, sharing, retrieving, and integrating electronic health information between providers.
  • Ending the Document Game— Here is the homepage for a U.S. commission tasked with formulating strategy to enable patients and providers to have ever-present, instant access to healthcare information.
  • Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise— This is the website of an initiative to improve the sharing of information between healthcare computer systems.
  • Privacy, Security, and the Regional Health Information Organization— Here is link to a report on the challenges faced in exchanging health information and how they may be overcome.
  • Telehealth as a System Solution— This article explores how computerized health informatics, including health information exchange software, has the potential to lower healthcare costs.

Healthcare Reimbursement

  • Health Savings Accounts— This is official IRS information on tax-advantaged personal healthcare reimbursement accounts.
  • ISPOR Health Technology Assessment Group— The homepage of an international task force analyzing healthcare reimbursement that has a particular though not exclusive focus on pharmaceuticals.
  • Medical Fee-For-Service Payment— The right hand side of this page has links to Medicare reimbursement descriptions (PPS), a key part of the healthcare reimbursement system in the United States.
  • Paradigm Shift in U.S. Healthcare Reimbursement— This article looks at whether there is a paradigm shift coming in the U.S. healthcare reimbursement system.
  • RAC Primer— Here is a brief overview of the Recovery Audit Contractor Program designed to help eliminate waste in Medicare.

Personal Health Records

  • Barriers to PHR Adoption— This brief article explains the various barriers that currently exist to the adoption of electronic personal health records.
  • My PHR— The American Health Information Management Association hosts this site that has information on personal health records and allows users to create their own record.
  • Personal Health Records from Medicare— Medicare hosts this page on the various personal health record programs that the service offers to beneficiaries.

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