5th Edition

HIMSS Dictionary of Health Information and Technology Terms, Acronyms and Organizations

    413 Pages
    by Productivity Press

    413 Pages
    by Productivity Press

    This significantly expanded and newest edition of the bestselling HIMSS Dictionary of Health Information and Technology Terms, Acronyms and Organizations has been developed and extensively reviewed by a robust team of industry experts. The fifth edition of this dictionary serves as a quick reference for students, health information and technology (IT) professionals, and healthcare executives to better navigate the ever-growing health IT field.

    This valuable resource includes more than 3,400 definitions, organizations, credentials, acronyms and references. Definitions of terms for the health IT, medical and nursing informatics fields are updated and included. This fifth edition also includes an acronyms list with cross references to current definitions and a list of health IT-related associations and organizations, including contact information, mission statements and web addresses. Academic and professional certification credentials are also included.

    As a mission driven non-profit, HIMSS offers a unique depth and breadth of expertise in health innovation, public policy, workforce development, research and analytics to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers on best practices in health information and technology. Through our innovation companies, HIMSS delivers key insights, education and engaging events to healthcare providers, governments and market suppliers, ensuring they have the right information at the point of decision.

    As an association, HIMSS encompasses more than 72,000 individual members and 630 corporate members. We partner with hundreds of providers, academic institutions and health services organizations on strategic initiatives that leverage innovative information and technology. Together, we work to improve health, access and the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare.

    HIMSS Vision

    Better health through information and technology.

    HIMSS Mission

    Globally, lead endeavors optimizing health engagements and care outcomes through information and technology.

    About HIMSS. Acknowledgements. Foreword by Joyce Sensmeier and Steve Wretling. Introduction. All Terms. Appendix A. Appendix B. Acronyms. References.


    HIMSS is a global voice, advisor and thought leader of health transformation through Health IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health, healthcare and care outcomes. As the leading source of Health IT, HIMSS designs and leverages key data assets, predictive models and tools to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers of best practices in Health IT so they have the right information at the point of decision. Through its HIT network of over 1 million experts, over 200 knowledge exchanges and collaborations, including 60,000 plus members, HIMSS drives innovative; forward thinking around best uses of technology in support of better connected care, improved population health and low cost of care. HIMSS is a not for profit, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with additional offices in North America, Latin America, Europe, United Kingdom and Asia.