Glossary of Terms and Acronyms Related to e-Health

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UMLS (Unified Medical Language System):
A long-term research project developed by the US National Library of Medicine to assist health professionals and researchers to retrieve and integrate clinical vocabularies from a wide variety of information sources. The goal is to link information from scientific literature, patient records, factual databases, knowledge-based expert systems, and directories of institutions and individuals. Reference: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/research/umls/

Unauthorized access to electronic health records:
Includes obtaining, retrieving or viewing electronic health records in violation of Minnesota or federal laws or regulations or a hospital or providers office's policies or procedures.

Underserved Community: An underserved community is a geographic location that for reasons of socio-economic status, availability of adequate health insurance coverage, transportation, lack of accessible clinic facilities and services, health professionals and services, health status or indicators, age or other demographic factors, cultural and/or language barriers, or other factor(s), experiences barriers to accessing health care services for preventive and acute care needs.

Use Case:
Strictly speaking, a use case is a methodology used in system analysis to identify, clarify, and organize system requirements. More often in HIT and HIE, it refers to a special kind of scenario that breaks down system requirements into user functions; each use case is a sequence of events performed by a user. Reference: Interoperability Clearinghouse Glossary of Terms, http://www.ichnet.org/glossary.htm

Updated Wednesday, 21-Nov-2012 09:16:39 CST