Glossary of Terms and Acronyms Related to e-Health

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Major Participating Entity

  • a Participating Entity that receives compensation for services that is greater than 30 percent of the health information organization's gross annual revenues from the health information exchange service provider;
  • a Participating Entity providing administrative, financial, or management services to the health information organization, if the total payment for all services provided by the Participating Entity exceeds three percent of the gross revenue of the health information organization; and
  • a Participating Entity that nominates or appoints 30 percent or more of the board of directors of the health information organization. Reference: Minn. Stat. §62J.498 sub.1(j)

MDH (Minnesota Department of Health):
MDH is the Minnesota’s lead public health agency; it convenes and staffs the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee and e-Health initiative. MDH is the designated agency in Minnesota to coordinate resources and activities related to the HITECH act. Reference:

Meaningful Use: The use of certified electronic health record technology that includes e-prescribing, and is connected in a manner that provides for the electronic exchange of health information and used for the submission of clinical quality measures as established by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Minnesota Department of Human Services pursuant to sections 4101, 4102, and 4201 of the HITECH Act including subsequent regulations, rules and guidance issued pursuant to the HITECH Act. [Minn. Stat. §62J.498 sub. 1(k)]. Reference:

Issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the meaningful use rule defines the minimum requirements that providers must meet through their use of certified EHR technology in order to qualify for incentive payments under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Reference:

Meaningful Use Transaction: An electronic transaction that a health care provider must exchange to receive Medicare or Medicaid incentives or avoid Medicare penalties pursuant to sections 4101, 4102, and 4201 of the HITECH Act. [Minn. Stat. §62J.498 sub. 1(l)]. For details on Meaningful Use and related standards, please refer to final rules in links below:

MEDSS (Minnesota Electronic Disease Surveillance System): The Minnesota Electronic Disease Surveillance System (MEDSS) is an electronic disease surveillance system that allows public health officials to receive, manage, process, and analyze disease-related data. MEDSS offers new tools for automatic disease reporting, case investigations, and case follow-up within the state of Minnesota. It is an integrative system allowing easy sharing and connecting among MDH, physicians and local public health. Reference:

Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS): MMIS is the largest health care payment system in Minnesota, and one of the largest payment systems in the nation. Health care providers throughout the county – as well as DHS and county staff – use MMIS to pay the medical bills and managed care payments for over 525,000 Minnesotans enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs. These public programs provide health care services to low-income families and children, low-income elderly people and individuals who have physical and/or developmental disabilities, mental illness or who are chronically ill. Reference:

Medication Reconciliation: Alerts providers in real-time to potential administration errors such as wrong patient, wrong drug, wrong dose, wrong route and wrong time in support of medication administration or pharmacy dispense/supply management and workflow. Reference: Health Level Seven, Inc. "HL7 EHR-S Functional Model and Standard." July 2004.

MHA (Minnesota Hospital Association):
MHA is a trade association representing Minnesota's hospitals and health systems. The organization represents hospitals' interests through advocacy and representation, as well as in educational programming, communications efforts, information resources and issue-area expertise. Reference:

MIIC (Minnesota Immunization Information Connection): The Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) is a program among health care providers, parents, public health agencies, and schools aimed at preventing disease through immunization. MIIC uses a confidential, computerized information system, also known as an immunization registry, which contains a complete and accurate record of a person's immunizations, no matter where they got those shots. Reference:

Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee:
The Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee is a legislatively established private-public collaboration responsible for advising the Commissioner of Health and dedicated to accelerating the adoption of health information technology in Minnesota. This group addresses high-level strategic issues and recommends policy for data exchange between public health and health care providers. Reference:

State Register: The official publication of the State of Minnesota’s Executive Branch of government, published weekly to fulfill the legislative mandate set forth in Minn. Stat. ch. 14 and Minn. Rules 1400, including official notices of state agencies. Reference:

An ongoing process to routinely observe the application of policies and procedures.

MN-HIE (Minnesota Health Information Exchange)
A statewide electronic health information exchange that will connect doctors, hospitals and clinics across health care systems so they can quickly access medical records needed for patient treatment during a medical emergency or for delivering routine care. MN HIE is a public-private partnership and will operate as a nonprofit corporation. Development of this health information exchange was announced in September 2007. It will initially exchange medication history and formulary information between providers and payers. As of June 30, 2011, MN HIE ceased operations due to a consolidation with the Community Health Information Collaborative (CHIC). Reference:

MN-HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (Minnesota Chapter) also: HIMSS

MN e-Public Health:
The MN e-Public Health initiative seeks to ensure that state and local health departments have the information systems, policies and technical expertise necessary to meet their mission, not only in the face of growing public health threats but as a critical partner in the Minnesota e-Health Initiative. Public health is one of the four domains included in both the state and national e-Health initiatives.

MPI (Master (Patient, Person, or Participant) Index):
An MPI is a database program that collects a patient’s various hospital identification numbers, e.g. from the blood lab, radiology department, and admissions, and keeps them under a single, enterprise-wide identification number. See also: RLS

MUA (Medically Underserved Areas):
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations are areas or populations designated by HRSA as having: too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, high poverty and/or high elderly population. Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) are designated by HRSA as having shortages of primary medical care, dental or mental health providers and may be geographic (a county or service area), demographic (low income population) or institutional (comprehensive health center, federally qualified health center or other public facility). Reference:


Updated Tuesday, 10-Dec-2013 14:49:05 CST