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The HITECH Act - To accelerate the use of health information technology (Health IT), Congress and President Obama signed into law the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The HITECH Act authorized Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide financial incentives to eligible hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and eligible professionals to adopt and meaningfully use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to improve patient care. The HITECH Act also authorized the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to establish and administer programs to guide physicians, hospitals and other key entities, as they adopt and meaningfully use certified EHR technology as established in subsequent Federal regulations. Source: Healthit.gov The Internet of Things - A global network infrastructure includes existing and evolving Internet and network developments. It will offer specific object-identification, sensor and connection capability as the basis for the development of independent cooperative services and applications. These will be characterised by a high degree of autonomous data capture, event transfer, network connectivity and interoperability. Source: InterLink Future Trends In Information Technology, www.interlink-nts.org Transformational leadership - Style of leadership in which the leader identifies the needed change, creates a vision to guide the change through inspiration, and executes the change with the commitment of the members of the group. Source: www.businessdictionary.com Transitional Care - A set of actions designed to ensure the coordination and continuity of health care as patients transfer between different locations or different levels of care within the same location. Representative locations include (but are not limited to) hospitals, sub-acute and post-acute nursing homes, the patient’s home, primary and specialty care offices, and long-term care facilities. Transitional care is based on a comprehensive plan of care and the availability of health care practitioners who are welltrained in chronic care and have current information about the patient’s goals, preferences, and clinical status. It includes logistical arrangements, education of the patient and family, and coordination among the health professionals involved in the transition. Transitional care, which encompasses both the sending and the receiving aspects of the transfer, is essential for persons with complex care needs. Source: American Geriatrics Society Translation services - There are a range of translation services including language translation, basic document translation, translation of web content, multimedia and standard documents, legal or certified translation, high-tech services such as desktop publishing, software localization and international search engine optimization (SEO). There is no primary governing body over the translation and localization industry, but there are specific industry certifications and affiliations that are relevant to these services. Certifications that are indicative of top-notch translation services include the ISO 9001:2008 and EN 15038 certifications. The ISO certification specifies requirements for quality management systems within an organization. The EN 15038 certification is also a quality standard, but it is specific to translation service providers and set forth by the European Committee for Standardization. Source: Business Directory.com Transparency - Health care transparency provides people with the ability to see provider-specific information on costs and quality of medical services. Understanding the true costs of medical services, and being able to compare the quality of care, leads to better outcomes and lower health care costs. Transplant Safety - Transplant safety falls into two categories: organ safety and tissue safety. Efforts to advance transplant safety are ongoing, and include improvements in tests to better identify the presence of infection. Center for Disease Control has responsibility for surveillance, detection, and warning of potential public health risks within the organ and tissue supply. These public health efforts help make transplants the highest quality possible so that recipients have the best outcomes. Source: CDC.gov Urgent Care - A category of walk-in clinic focused on the delivery of ambulatory care in a dedicated medical facility outside of a traditional emergency room. Urgent care centers primarily treat injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care, but not serious enough to require an ER visit. Source: MHMUrgentcare User Experience, User Center Design - An integrated set of technologies used to provide interaction between a user and a set of applications, processes, content, services or other users. A UXP has several components, including portals, mashup tools, content management, search, rich Internet application (RIA) tools, analytics, collaboration, social and mobile tools. http://www.gartner.com/itglossary/user-experience-platforms-uxp/ User interface - The set of dials, knobs, operating system commands, graphical display formats, and other devices provided by a computer or a program to allow the user to communicate and use the computer or program. http://searchciomidmarket.techtarget.com/definition/interface Using foresight and insight - Research to discover potential future challenges and opportunities. ©Copyright North Central Texas InterLink, Inc. All rights reserved 51