Public Law 104-91 enacted in 1996, was designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system, protect health insurance coverage for workers and their families, and to protect individual personal health information.
The state of being free from intrusion or disturbance in one's private life or affairs. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed, 1993)
The privacy of information and its protection against unauthorized disclosure.
Short-term debt obligations and assets occurring in the regular course of operational transactions.
Protective measures against unauthorized access to or interference with computer operating systems, telecommunications, or data structures, especially the modification, deletion, destruction, or release of data in computers. It includes methods of forestalling interference by computer viruses or so-called computer hackers aiming to compromise stored data.
A cabinet department in the Executive Branch of the United States Government concerned with administering those agencies and offices having programs pertaining to health and human services.
Data processing largely performed by automatic means.
Computer-based systems for input, storage, display, retrieval, and printing of information contained in a patient's medical record.
Insurance providing coverage of medical, surgical, or hospital care in general or for which there is no specific heading.
Research that involves the application of the natural sciences, especially biology and physiology, to medicine.
Generally refers to the amount of protection available and the kind of loss which would be paid for under an insurance contract with an insurer. (Slee & Slee, Health Care Terms, 2d ed)
The obligations and accountability assumed in carrying out actions or ideas on behalf of others.
Media that facilitate transportability of pertinent information concerning patient's illness across varied providers and geographic locations. Some versions include direct linkages to online consumer health information that is relevant to the health conditions and treatments related to a specific patient.
The right of the patient or the patient's representative to make decisions with regard to the patient's dying.
The room or rooms in which the physician and staff provide patient care. The offices include all rooms in the physician's office suite.
Insurance providing for payment of a stipulated sum to a designated beneficiary upon death of the insured.
Organizations which assume the financial responsibility for the risks of policyholders.
Coverage by contract whereby one part indemnifies or guarantees another against loss by a specified contingency.
Individuals or groups with no or inadequate health insurance coverage. Those falling into this category usually comprise three primary groups: the medically indigent (MEDICAL INDIGENCY); those whose clinical condition makes them medically uninsurable; and the working uninsured.
Devices which are very resistant to wear and may be used over a long period of time. They include items such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, artificial limbs, etc.
The protection of animals in laboratories or other specific environments by promoting their health through better nutrition, housing, and care.
Organized institutions which provide services to ameliorate conditions of need or social pathology in the community.