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ACCC Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
ACMA Australian Communication and Media Authority
ACSQHC Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
ACT Action 
ACTUG Australian Clinical Terminology Users Group
ADL Archetype Definition Language
AG Advisory Group
AHIEC The Australian Health Informatics Education Council 
AHIMA American Health Information Management Association
AHMAC Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council
AHML Australian Healthcare Messaging Laboratory
AIHW Australian Institute of Health & Welfare
AIIA Australian Information Industry Association
AMT Australian Medicines Terminology
AMIA American Informatics Association 
ANSI American National Standards Institute
ANZCTR Australia New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry
API Application Programming Interface
ArB Architecture Review Board
AS HB Australian Handbook
AS/NZS Australian/New Zealand Handbook
AS/NZS ISO International Standards adopted by Australia and New Zealand
ATNA Audit Trail and Node Authentication (IHE Standard)
AU Australia abreviation in the Int'l comment form 
AWI Approved Work Item
BAM Business Architecture Model (HL7 ARB Project) 
BAM Business Architecture Model (HL7 International) 
BAU Business As Usual 
BRIDG Biomedical Research Integrated Domain Group

BRIDG is a collaborative effort of CDISC, the HL7 RCRIM WG, the (US) National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
BRS Business Requirements Specification 
BYOD Bring Your Own Device
Cal-X The California Exchange (Cal-X) is a data and information exchange to support healthcare, medical, public health, and homeland security needs in a collaborative, shared, secure, and cost-effective manner.  
COPOLCO Consumer Policy Committee [ISO]
CASCO Conformity Assessment
CBCC Community Based Collaborative Care (Workshop)
CCD Continuity of Care Document
CCS Care Coordination Service
CCHIT (US) Certification Commission for Health Information Technology
CD Committee Draft (third stage in developing an ISO or IEC standard)
CDA Clinical Document Architecture
CDC Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (within US/DHHS)
CDISC Clinical Data Standards Interchange Consortium
CDS Clinical Decision Support [HL7 Workgroup] 
CDV Committee Draft for Vote
CEN European Committee for Standardization (Comité Européen de Normalisation)
CENELEC European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation 
CEO Chief Executive Officer
CGIT Conformance and Guidance for Implementation and Testing Committee
CIC Clinical Interoperability Council (Workgroup)
CIMI Clinical Information Modelling Initiative 
CIS Clinical Information Systems
CMS Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services (within US/DHHS)
COAG Council of Australian Governments
COM Comment 
conHIT2011 European Health Informatics Conference 2011
ContSys System of Concepts for Continuity of Care
COR Corrigendum [to a Standard]
CPOE Computerized Physician Order Entry or Computerized Provider Order Entry (In US)
CRM Customer Relationship Management 
CTO Chief Technical Officer
CTR&R Clinical Trials Registration and Results
DAFF Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
DAM Domain Analysis Model (comprehensive model of a domain) [HL7]
DAM Draft Amendment [Standards Australia]
DCM Detailed Clinical Model
DCOR, COR (Draft) Corrigendum
DEVCO Committee on Developing Country Matters [ISO]
DHHS Department of Health & Human Services (US Government Agency)
DICOM Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine
DIISR Department of Innovation, Industry, Science & Research
DIS Draft International Standard (fourth stage in developing an ISO or IEC standard – the main opportunity for public input)
DMP Dossier Médical Partagé (Shared Medical Record) (France)
DoHA (Australian Government) Department of Health and Ageing
DS4P Data Segmentation for Privacy 
DSTU Draft Standards for Trial Use (HL7 and ANSI)
DTR Draft Technical Report [ISO and Standards Australia]
DTS Draft Technical Specification [ISO and Standards Australia]
DVA (Australian Government) Department of Veterans Affairs 
EC European Commission [the administrative arm of the EU]
ECCF Enterprise Compliance and Comformance Framework
EEC European Economic Community
EFMI European Federation of Medical Informatics
eHIF E-health Interoperability Framework [Standards Australia & NEHTA]
EHR Electronic Health Record (Workgroup) 
EHR-FM EHR Functional Model
EHRS or EHR‑S Electronic Health Record System
ELGA Austrian CDA Implementation Guide in Development
ELS End Point Location Service
EMEA European Medicines Agency
EMR Electronic Medical Record or Electronic Medical Record System
EN European Standard (Européen Norm)
EPM Enterprise Project Management 
epSOS European Patients Smart Open Services.
A European initiative (23 countries) to exchange pharmacy information including prescriptions, across the EEC using IHE profiles and local standards. See
ETP Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions
EU European Union
EudraCT European Union Drug Regulating Authorities Clinical Trials
FCD Final committee draft
FDA US Food and Drug Administration 
FDAM Final Draft Amendment
FDIS [ISO] Final Draft International Standard (for vote to publish)
FHIR Fast Health Interoperability Resources [HL7]
FRS Functional Requirements Specification 
FYI For your information 
GCM Generic Component Model
GDP Gross Domestic Product
GP General Practitioner
GSRN Global Service Relation Number
GS1 An international SDO – primarily in the supply-chain domain
GVP Good Pharmacovigilance Practices
HCD Health Care Devices Committee
HDF HL7 Development Framework
HeD Health E-Decisions (project or group within ONC for decision support in MU3) 
HI Health Identifiers
HIE Health Information Exchange
HIMSS Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
HingX Health Ingenuity Exchange (HL7 International & OHT) 
HISC Health Informatics Standing Committee 
HITSP Health Information Technology Standards Panel
HL7 Health Level Seven (International)
HL7 ELC HL7 E-Learning Course
HPI Healthcare Provider Identifier
HPI-I Healthcare Provider Identifier for Individuals
HPI-O  Healthcare Provider Identifier for Providers 
HQMF Health Quality Measure Format
HSSP Healthcare Services Specification Project [joint HL7/OMG]
IC Implementation/Conformance (Workgroup) 
ICD10AM The Australian NCCH modification of ICD-10 codeset for the coding of diseases and procedures 
ICD10-AM International Classification of Diseases, Version 10, Australian Modification 
ICD9CM International Classification of Diseases 9 Clinical Modification 
ICH International Conference on Harmonisation (of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use)
ICHPPC International Classification of Health Problems in Primary Care 
ICNP International Classification for Nursing Practice 
ICPC2+ International Classification of Primary Care 2 
ICSR Individual Case Safety Report [related to Medicines/Devices]
ICT Information & Communications Technology
IDMP Identification of Medicinal Products
IEC International Electrotechnical Commission (an international SDO)
IEEE Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (US) (also an SDO)
IG Implementation Guide
IHE Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise
IHI Individual Healthcare Identifier
IHPA Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (Australian) 
IHTSDO International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation
IMATF International Membership and Affiliation Task Force
IMC International Mentoring Committee (HL7) 
InM Infrastructure and Messaging (Workgroup) 
IP Intellectual Property
IS International Standard
ISO International Organization for Standardization
ISO/CS ISO Central Secretariat
ISO/TC 215 ISO Technical Committee (Health Informatics) 
IT Information Technology 
IT-014 Standards Australia Committee IT-014 (Health Informatics)
ITS Implementable Technology Specifications
ITTF ISO/IEC Information Technology Task Force 
ITU-T International Telecommunications Union – Standards Division
IXS Identity Cross Reference Service [OMG/HL7 HSSP]
IXS Identity Cross Reference Service
JI Joint Initiative on SDO Global Health Informatics Standardization 
JIC Joint Initiative Council (responsible for governance of the JI – with current members being ISO/TC215, CEN/TC251, HL7 International, CDISC, IHTSDO, GS1 and IHE)
JSC-HIS Joint Standing Committee on Health Informatics Standards
JSON Java script Object Notation - a lightweight data-interchange format. It is easy for humans to read and write. It is easy for machines to parse and generate. Java script can combine data and behaviour and is available on a wide range of devices. It can be used to effectively combine data representation and actions (workflow)
JTC  Joint Technical Committee
JTC 1 ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee  1 Information Technology
JWG Joint Working Group [under the JI, unless otherwise specified]
JWG7 Joint working group of IEC SC 62A and ISO TC 215
KPI Key Performance Indicator
LB Letter Ballot
LIC Low Income Country
LMIC Low and Medium Income Countries
LOINC Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes
LPO Local PCEHR Officer
MBS Medical Benefits Scheme
MBUA Member Body User Administrators (Person who maintain the ISO Global directory in each country) 
MDA  Model Driven Architecture
MDHT Model-Driven Health Tools
MDMI Model Driven Message Interoperability – see
MIC Medium Income Country
MIF Model Interchange Format
MLM Medical Logic Module
MEDEV Medical Devices Corporation
MITRE A large “not for profit” USA organisation specialising in technology development
MM Maturity Model
MnM Modeling and Methodology (Workgroup) 
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MSIA Medical Software Industry Association
MT Maintanence committee (IEC) 
MU2/MU3 Meaningful Use Stage 2 and Stage 3 (US Initiative)
NASH National Authentication Service for Health
NATA National Association of Testing Authorities
NEHIPC National E-Health and Information Principal Committee 
NEHTA (Australian) National E-Health Transition Authority
NH&MRC National Health and Medical Research Council
NHCIOF National Health Chief Information Officer Forum 
NHIN (US) National Health Information Network
NHISSC National Health Information Standards and Statistics Committee 
NHPA National Health Performance Authority (Australian)
NHS (UK) National Health Service
NIH (US) National Institutes of Health
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA)
NLM National Library of Medicine (USA)
NMB National Member Body [of ISO or CEN]
Normapme European Office of Crafts, Trades and Small and Medium sized Enterprises for Standardisation
NP New Work Item Proposal (current ISO/IEC abbreviation)
NPACC National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council
NPC National Product Catalogue 
NQF National quality (measures) framework
NSO National Standards Office
NWIP New Work Item Proposal (obsolete ISO/IEC abbreviation – see "NP")
O&O Orders and Observations (Workgroup)
OBPR Office of Best Practice Regulation
OCL Object Constraint Language
OHT Open Health Tools Foundation (
OID Object Identifier
OMG Object Management Group
ONC Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (within US Department of Health and Human Services)
OSI Open Systems Interconnection
OTF Organisation Task Force [ISO TC 215]
OWL Web Ontology Language
PA Patient Administration (Workgroup) 
PACS Picture Archive & Communication System
PAS Patient Administration System
PASS Privacy Access and Security Service
PBS Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
PC Patient Care (Workgroup) 
PCEHR Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record
PDAM, DAM (Proposed) Draft Amendment 
PDF Portable Document Format
PDTR, DTR (Proposed) Draft Technical Report
PHDSC Public Health Data Standards Consortium
PHER Public Health and Emergency Response (Workgroup) 
PHR Personal Health Record
PHTF Public Health Task Force
PIM Platform Independent Model
PIP Practice Incentive Payment
PIR Post Implementation Review
PKI Public Key Infrastructure 
PM Project Manager
PMBOK Project Management Body of Knowledge
PMO Project Management Office 
PMP Project Management Plan 
PMS Practice Management System
PMTL Project Management Team Leader
PoC Point-of-Care
PSM Platform Specific Model
PSS Project Scope Statement [HL7]
PSUR Periodic Safety Update Report
PWG Pharmacy Working Group (HL7)
QDM Quality Data Model of the US National Quality Forum
RACGP Royal Australian College of General Practice 
RCPA Royal College of Pathologists Australia
RCRIM Regulated Clinical Research Information Management [HL7 Workgroup]
RDF Resource Description Framework (W3C)
REST Representative State Transfer - REST is an architectural style that can be summed up as four verbs (GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE from HTTP 1.1) and the nouns, which are the resources available on the network (referenced in the URI). The term was first coined in a thesis by Roy Fielding and is an alternative Web architecture to SOAP.
RFID Radio Frequency Identification 
RHIO (US) Regional Health Information Organisation
RIM Reference Information Model
RIMBAA RIM Based Application Architecture
RIS Radiology Information Systems
RLUS Resource Locate Update Service (HSSP)
RMIM Refined Message Information Model
RM-ODP Reference Model of Open Distributed Processing
RO Responsible Officer 
SA Standards Australia  
SAIF Services Aware Interoperability Framework
SBP Strategic Business Plan [ISO & IEC]
SC Subcommittee
SD Structured Documents [HL7 Workgroup]
SDO Standards Development Organisation
SHARPS Strategic Healthcare IT Advanced Research Projects on Security 
SHIPPS Semantic Health Information Performance and Privacy Standard
SIG Special Interest Group
SKMT Standards Knowledge Management Tool
SLA Service Level Agreement
SMB Standards Management Board (IEC only) 
SME Subject Matter Experts
SMTP Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
SNOMED Systematised Nomenclature of Medicine
SNOMED CT Systematised Nomenclature of Medicine- Clinical Terms 
SOA Service Oriented Architecture
SOAP Simple Object Access Protocol
T3SD Technical and Support Services Steering Division 
TC Technical Committee
TCM Traditional Chinese Medicine
TCP/IP Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
TEAM Traditional East Asian Medicine – This term, though inadequate is used to represent Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Korean Medicine, Traditional Japanese Medicine.
TF Task Force
TM Traditional Medicine
TMB Technical Management Board (ISO only) 
TOGAF The Open Group Architecture Framework
TR Technical Report (an informative ISO or IEC standards publication)
TS Technical Specification (a normative standards publication having a lower level of consensus than a full international standard)
TSC HL7 Technical Steering Committee
UAT User Acceptance Testing 
UCUM Unified Code for Units of Measure [Regenstrief Institute]
UHI Unique Healthcare Identifier 
UML Unified Modelling Language
UN United Nations
VMR Virtual Medical Record
VOC Vocabulary Committee (HL7)
W3C World Wide Web Consortium
WCM Web Content Management 
WD Working Draft (second stage in developing an ISO or IEC standard)
WG Working Group or Work Group 
WGM Working Group Meeting
WHO World Health Organization
WI Work Item
WTO World Trade Organisation
XDS (IHE’s) cross enterprise Data Sharing protocol
XML Extensible Markup Language