Chapter 15 – Comparative Health Information Management

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
promulgates standards for companion animal hospitals
American veterinary Health Information Management Association (AVHIMA)
promotes quality patient care through the management of health information; is the nation’s authoritative body on the management of veterinary health information; advances the competency of those working with veterinary health information; advocates for the profession on government, education, social, and business issues that affect the management of veterinary health information
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
the objective of the Association is to advance the science and art veterinary medicine, including its relationship to public health, biological science, and agriculture; the association provides a forum for the discussion of issues of importance to the veterinary profession and for the development of official positions; the association is the authorized voice for the profession in presenting its views to government, academia, agriculture, pet owners,
any animal other than man, including fowl, birds, fish, and reptiles, wild or domestic, living or dead
cow or ox
certified veterinary practice manager (CVPM)
an individual who, with at least 3 years’ experience as a practice manager within the past 7 years, at least 18 acceptable college or university credit hours pertinent to management, evidence of 48 hours of continuing education specifically devoted to management, and appropriate reference, may apply to the Veterinary Hospital Manager’s Association (VHMA) to take the written and oral examinations which if successfully passed, designate the individual as a certified veterinary practice manager
Health Level 7 (HL7)
the application level, which is the highest level, of the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) communications model for Open Systems Interconnection (OSI); HL7 is a standard for data exchange in health care
herd health
veterinary care provided to a group of animals at their residence rather than in a hospital setting
International Species Information System (ISIS)
a computer-based information system for wild animal species in captivity
Logical Observations, Identifiers, Names and Codes (LOINC)
facilitates the exchange and pooling of results or vital signs for clinical care, outcomes management, and research; a code system for laboratory and clinical observations
model act
recommended legislation drafted by a national organization with the intent of promoting a degrees of uniformity among state laws; state legislatures may or may not approve a model act in its entirety or at all
a postmortem examination for determining the cause of death or the character and extent of changes produced by disease
number of accessions
the total number of times all patients were treated by the facility in a given time period; one patient may have multiple accessions
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
a collection of voluntary orthopedic and genetic disease databases of animals
problem-oriented medical record (POMR)
a structured approach to patient care developed by Dr. Lawrence Weed in the late 1950s that has 4 major parts: database, problem list, initial plan, and progress notes/ discharge summary
production medicine
the study and care of food animals that produce milk, meat, eggs, etc.
Standard Nomenclature of veterinary diseases and Operations (SNVDO)
created in 1963 to standardize the collection of veterinary data in a national database, this coding system has been updated only intermittently since the 1970s
Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-clinical Terms (SNOMED CT)
a multilingual health care clinical reference terminology providing a uniform nomenclature facilitating international sharing and analysis of both human and veterinary health data
the study of animal reproduction
one qualified and authorized to treat disease and injuries of animals
of, relating to, or being the science and art of prevention, cure, or alleviation of disease and injury in animals, especially domestic animals
veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA)
provides individuals who are actively involved in veterinary practice management with a means of education, certification, and networking; membership is comprised of animal hospital administrators, practice managers, office managers, veterinarians, and consultants
Veterinary Medical Database (VMDB)
a national collection system for data from veterinary teaching hospital patient records from the United States and Canada
veterinary technician (animal health technician)
a member of the veterinary health care team knowledgeable in the care and handling of animals, in the basic principles of normal and abnormal life processes, and in routine laboratory and clinical procedures; the technician is primarily an assistant to veterinarians, biological research workers, and other scientists; a veterinary technician is a graduate of a 2- or 3-year AVMA-accredited program in veterinary science that generally awards an associate degree or certificate
veterinary technologist
a graduate of a 4-year AVMA-accredited program in veterinary technology or a person so recognized by the board in rules and regulations promulgated to regulate veterinary technologists
zoonotic infection
an infection that can be transmitted from animals to humans; zoonoses are of concern to both veterinary and human medicine

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