Question of the Week: What Are Some Commonly Used Johns Hopkins Acronyms?

It seems there’s an acronym for every person, place and thing at Johns Hopkins. But if you’re the new employee on the unit, or are simply confused by some of the commonly used abbreviations, you may need help deciphering what they all mean. Let’s share some commonly used acronyms in today’s Hopkins Happenings’ Question of the Week to help each other understand the Johns Hopkins “lingo.”

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Christine Holzmueller January 13, 2015 at 7:11 am

Noticed that AHRQ spelled out in above list has a hyphen, this is incorrect. Need to take out and make Healthcare one word for this agency.


Bonnie C January 9, 2015 at 11:11 am

Some of these may seem obvious, but I remember needing to learn each of these, in turn, as my job description and responsibilities changed.
JHOC - Johns Hopkins Outpatient Clinic - entrance on McElderly Street off of Caroline Street
CPT codes - Current Procedural Terminology - each medical procedure is given a code used in billing - using the wrong code means the amount billed may be wrong or the insurance won't pay for that procedure to happen here at Hopkins
RIS - Radiology Information System - limited use, but necessary for tracking radiology procedures
EPR - Electronic Patient Record - No longer in use - replaced by EPIC
EPIC - Electronic Health Record Software & System at use in Hopkins (contains all pertinent medical record information & allows patients to view their medical history and also schedule some appointments independently)
Emageon - database & archive of all radiographic images
PING - electronic paging system
There are others that I don't work with (at least, I don't think I do) - SAP, etc.


Cy Governs January 9, 2015 at 9:54 am

JHI stands for Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Why isn't our acronym JHMI? Because that acronym stands for Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.


Jean Lavelle January 9, 2015 at 9:16 am

SAP, for our automated ordering system
Jimmy for JHMI directory
It in the X building, when most of the buildings are interconnected now and
are accessible by just walking down the corridor
CRB 1 and 2, NCB, BRB, which B was that and where is it?
G, M, L for first floor, ground floor, lobby depending on the building


Julie January 9, 2015 at 8:44 am

JHOC:Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

JHMI: Johns Hopkins Medicine International

JHU: Johns Hopkins University

LAS: Language Access Services

PT: Physical Therapy

NICU: Neonatal/Newborn Intensive Care Unit

PICU: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit


Anna Norrell January 9, 2015 at 8:33 am


I could just keep going


Dan Petrick January 9, 2015 at 6:35 am

ACH – All Children’s Hospital
ACLS – Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
AED – Automated External Defibrillator
AFLAC – American Family Life Insurance Company of Columbus
AHCA – American Heart Association
AHCA – Agency for Health Care Administration
AHRQ – Agency for Health-Care Research & Quality
APHON – Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
ARNP – Advance Nurse Practitioner
BeACH – Be All Children’s Hospital (All Children’s Hospital Intranet system)
BMDI – BioMedical Device Interface
BLS – Basic Life Support
BMT – Bone Marrow Transplant
CATH – Catheterization
CBT – Computer Based Training
CCL – Cardiac Cath Lab
CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CEMOR – ACH's electronic medical record program
Cerner – Parent program for CEMOR and RHIMS
CEU – Continuing Education Unit
CHEX – Children’s Knowledge Exchange
CLABSI – Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection
COG – Children’s Oncology Group
CPHON – Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse
CTRO – Clinical and Translational Research Office
CVICU – Cardio Vascular Intensive Care Unit
CVOR – Cardiovascular Operating Room
DART – Disaster Assistance Response Team
DMAIC – Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control
EC – Emergency Center
ECC – Education Conference Center
ECMO – Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
EEO – Equal Employment Opportunity
E.L.I.T.E – Educating Leaders, Improving Training Excellence
EMR – Electronic Medical Record
EMTALA – Emergency Medical Treatment & Active Labor Act
ENCP – Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course
ERP – Emergency Response Plan
EPIC – Professional billing system for physicians
EPSI – The hospital’s budgeting and reporting system
eTOC – Electronic Table of Contents
FDA – Food and Drug Administration
FHA – Florida Hospital Association
FML – Family Medical Leave
FMLA – Family and Medical Leave Act
Hem/Oc – Hematology/Oncology
HICS – Hospital Incident Command System
HIM – Health Information Management (formally known as Medical Records)
HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act
HR – Human Resources
HUC – Health Unit Coordinator
IRB – Institutional Review Board
IR – Interventional Radiology
iRIS – Integrated Research Information System
JCAHO – Now TJC (Formerly Joint Commission Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations)
JHED – Johns Hopkins Enterprise Directory
JHED-ID – Johns Hopkins Enterprise Directory Login ID
JHM – Johns Hopkins Medicine
LEAP – Ladder for Excellence and Advancement in Patient Care Services
MCI – Mass Casualty Incident
Meditech – Laboratory information system and used for fixed assets, general ledger and materials management invoice system
MEDLINE – Contains journal citations and abstracts for biomedical literature from around the world
MET – Metabolic Equivalent
MOLLIE – Medical OnLine Library Info Express
MSDS – Now SDS (Formerly Material Safety Data Sheet)
myJH – My Johns Hopkins
NACH – National Association of Children's Hospitals
NACHRI – National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions
NICHQ – National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality
NICU – Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit
NLNAC – National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
NQF – National Quality Forum
NRP – Neonatal Resuscitation Program
NS – Nursing Supervisor
OA – Office Assistant
OCC – Outpatient Care Center
OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OT – Occupational Therapy
PACU – Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
PALS – Pediatric Advanced Life Support
PALS – Progmatic Acquisition of Language Skills
PCA – Patient Care Assistant
PICIS – Used for surgery scheduling (replaced by SurgiNet) and bed management (replaced by TeleTracking)
PICU – Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
PYXIS – Pharmacy delivery system
PT – Physical Therapy
PO – Purchase Order
RHIMS – Registration HIM and Scheduling – accounting and billing system part of Cerner
SACS – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
SAP – Systems Applications and Products - Time and Attendance System
SDS – Safety Data Sheet (formerly MSDS)
SEBA – Staff Emergency Broadcast Alert
SIM – Simulation
SLP – Speech Language Pathology
STABLE – Sugar, Temperature, Airway, Blood pressure, Lab work, and Emotional support
STAT – Immediately (from the Latin statim)
TJC – The Joint Commission
TNCC – Trauma Nursing Core Course
VAT – Vascular Access Team
VIP – Variance Improving Planning


Lori January 9, 2015 at 12:15 pm

I think that about covers it all! Good job....


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