Healthcare IT Acronyms & Terms
Healthcare IT Alphabet Soup
A dynamic list of the most common acronyms and terms that Health IT, Health Information Managers, Payers, and Providers should know.
To work in health tech requires you to be bilingual (at minimum). Not only must you be fluent in your native tongue, but you must also speak the “Language of Health Tech,” which is comprised of innumerable 3- and 4-letter acronyms. Many of these acronyms become so well-known they’ve become their own word. (Here’s looking at you, HAPI on FHIR!)
Heck, even our own name, Smile CDR, includes an acronym!
It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the world of healthcare IT, being fluent in the Language of Health Tech acronyms, acts and associations is no easy task.
Reducing barriers to information is one of Smile’s core purposes. Technical or acronym-heavy jargon can be considered as one of those barriers. While we love how much time it saves to say “FHIR” instead of “Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource,” there’s no doubt that all these acronyms can be confusing for people trying to learn more about healthcare interoperability.
To remove any ambiguity from the commonly used Health IT acronyms we have composed this Glossary of Terms. We hope that this resource will help you to navigate the health IT waters more efficiently and from now on, you’ll look at the acronyms as optimized shortcuts to your health IT comprehension as opposed to a hindrance.