Glossary of Healthcare Terms

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An interest in land owned by another person, consisting in the right to use or control the land, or an area above or below it, for a specific limited purpose.

Eclectic Medicine

A school of medicine that uses herbal medicines and remedies to treat pathologic conditions; among less threatening therapies, eclectics were branded for their use of arsenic and mercury treatments.

Economic Benchmarking

A type of benchmarking that concerns itself with research in market forces or comparison of business operation efficiency based on economic principles in a particular market.

Economic Demand

"Relationship between the price of a healthcare item or service and the quantity demanded."

Economic Supply

"Relationship between the price of a healthcare good, product, or service and the quantity provided my medical sellers."

Electronic Health Record (EHR)

“An electronic record of health-related information on an individual that comes to nationally recognized interoperability stands and that can be created, managed, and consulted by authorized clinicians and staff across more than one health care organization.”

Electronic Medical Record (EMR)

“An electronic record of health-related information on an individual that can be created, gathered, managed, and consulted by authorized clinicians and staff within one health care organization.”

Emergency Care Physicians

Physicians involved in the practice of emergency medicine, which involves treating patients on an unscheduled basis with episodic or acute conditions.

Emerging Healthcare Organization

Healthcare organizations that develop in response to changes in market, regulation, and reimbursement.

Emerging Healthcare Organization (EHO)

Physicians, hospitals, healthcare systems, clinics, and payors who are innovating, integrating, or merging because of the constant competitive influx of the healthcare industry.

Employee Retirement and Income Security Act

"A federal law that sets minimum standards for most voluntarily established pension and health plans in private industry to provide protection for individuals in these plans."

End Stage Renal Disease

The final stage of kidney failure, marked by the complete or nearly complete irreversible loss of renal function, where the body retains fluid and harmful waste build up.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

The traditional procedure used to treat chronic rhinosinusitis, uses surgery to re-establish maxillary sinus ventilation and mucociliary clearance through ventilation of the natural ostia. Although the procedure is unstandardized, proponents of the procedure cite that it is safer than the alternatives.


Into the digestive system.


Into the membranes surrounding the spinal cord.
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