Word of the Day: Benchmarking

Benchmarking: Continuous process whereby an enterprise measures and compares all of its functions, systems, and practices against strong competitors, identifying quality gaps in the organization, and striving to achieve competitive advantage locally and globally.

Word of the Day: Request for Proposal

Request for Proposal (RFP): A compilation of factors the buyer will consider before making a purchase. An RFP is typically sent to two or more potential responders and always contains a due date and contact person in the event those bidding on the proposal have additional questions.

Word of the Day: Evidence-Based Medicine

Evidence-Based Medicine: The conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence-based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.

Word of the Day: Digital Signature

Digital Signature: An electronic signature, which serves as a unique identifier for an individual, much like a written signature, in which an algorithm authenticates the integrity of the signed data and the identity of the signatory.

Word of the Day: Health Level 7 (HL7)

Health Level 7 (HL7): One of several American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standards developing organizations (SDOs) operating in the health care arena. Most SDOs produce standards (sometimes called specifications or protocols) for a particular health care domain such as pharmacy, medical devices, imaging, or insurance (claims processing) transactions. HL7’s domain is clinical and administrative data.

Word of the Day: Digital Signature

Digital Signature: An electronic signature, which serves as a unique identifier for an individual, much like a written signature, in which an algorithm authenticates the integrity of the signed data and the identity of the signatory.

Word of the Day: Site Visit

Site Visit: A scheduled three- to five-hour visit at a location determined by the vendor and host site that allows the practice purchasing the same software to see that software and interfaces in action. Most purchasers want to observe the new workflows, how well the interfaces work, and learn implementation tips.

Word of the Day: Evidence-Based Practice Center

Evidence-Based Practice Center: Institution contracted under Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop evidence reports and technology assessments on topics relevant to clinical, social science/behavioral, economic, and other health care organization and delivery issues.

Word of the Day: PHR

Personal health record (PHR): The health care consumer’s health information record, which they own and manage. Sharing or allowing access is based on the patient’s consent/permission.

Word of the Day: Integrated System

Integrated System: In an EMR, the vendor builds the system using the same characteristics arranged in the broad categories of data issues, application issues, presentation issues, and operational issues. Systems built in this way are often referred to as a Single Source solution.