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Healthcare Organization Links
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

Professional association representing more than 40,000 health information management professionals who work in all aspects of healthcare. Members earn credentials through a combination of education and experience, and finally performance on national certification exams.

American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)

Nonprofit organization devoted to developing and using information technologies to improve health care. AMIA was formed in 1990, and is the official United States representative organization to the International Medical Informatics Association.

American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP)

30,000-member professional association that represents pharmacists. Publishing and educational programs are available to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and technician training programs.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

Private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Also accredits qualified organizations to develop standards in the technical area in which they have expertise.

Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS)

Professional organization dedicated to the promotion, development and sharing of information between physicians responsible for organizational leadership in information technology.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS runs the Medicare and Medicaid programs - two national health care programs that benefit about 75 million Americans.

Computer-based Patient Records Institute (CPRI)

Providing vision and leadership to promote the global and successful use of electronic health care information systems to improve health and the delivery of health care.The focus has expanded from computer based patient records to health care information systems.

Health Level 7 (HL-7)

Health Level Seven is one of several ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) operating in the healthcare arena. Health Level Seven's domain is clinical and administrative data. Our mission: "To provide standards for the exchange, management and integration of data that support clinical patient care and the management, delivery and evaluation of healthcare services. Specifically, to create flexible, cost effective approaches, standards, guidelines, methodologies, and related services for interoperability between healthcare information systems."

 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 

Provides leadership in healthcare for the management of technology, information and change through publications, educational opportunities and member services. HIMSS has 37 chapters and more than 12,000 members working in healthcare organizations throughout the world.

International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)

An independent organization with close ties to the World Health Organization (WHO) as a NGO (Non Government Organization).The working language of IMIA is English. The association plays a major global role in the application of information science and technology in the fields of healthcare and research in medical, health and Bio-Informatics.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, JCAHO is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Joint Healthcare Information Technology Alliance (JHITA)

AHIMA, AMIA, CHIM, CHIME and HIMSS joined together to form the Joint Healthcare Information Technology Alliance (JHITA) The Alliance monitors national legislative and regulatory activities and reports on those activities to the Alliance membership.

Medical Record Institute

Promotes the development and acceptance of electronic health care. MRI supports, coordinates, and leads the process of creating healthcare information standards by conducting surveys and studies related to selected EHR and standards issues, assisting EHR developers in finding alliances and partnerships and acting as a voice of conscience on aspects of confidentiality, security, and social impact.

National Committe for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

Source for information about the quality of the nation's managed care plans.

National Council for Prescription Drug Programs

Not-for-profit ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization comprised of the top people from all facets of the pharmaceutical industry. Their focus is to create and promote data interchange standards for the pharmacy services sector.

National Library of Medicine

NLM, on the campus of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world's largest medical library. The NLM has created a special Web site, MEDLINEplus, to link the general public to many sources of consumer health information.

Society for Clinical Coding

The Coding (SCC) Community promotes the integrity and management of coded data across the healthcare continuum. Provides data management strategies, educational opportunities, networking, and communication forums. Represents members through collaboration with: AHIMA and Alliance Partners.

Unified Medical Language System (UMLS)

A National Library of Medicine project. UMLS develops and distributes multi-purpose, electronic "Knowledge Sources" and associated lexical programs. System developers can use the UMLS products to enhance their applications -- in systems focused on patient data, digital libraries, Web and bibliographic retrieval, natural language processing, and decision support.

Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI)

Improving healthcare through Electronic Commerce. Benefits of membership include annual conference, educational forums, government relations, information access, and web-site.