Acronyms and Alphabet Soup

Do you ever feel like you are just knee-deep in acronyms?

I mostly cover health care and related issues these days. Other than the military, I don’t know of any other field that uses so many acronyms.

I mean, I was following a discussion the other day on the Education Writers Association* list-serve in which many members were good-naturedly joking about the jargon that tends to dominate the education field these days. And I wanted to say, “You think that’s bad? Try covering health care! You’ll be drowning in alphabet suit before you can say ABC.” Or A.C.O., as the case may be. (That’s health care speak for Affordable Care Organization.)

This week, I’m putting together articles on two health care topics that are heavy on the jargon AND acronyms. One focuses on the adoption of health care information technology, also known as H.I.T. The other is examining medical errors and adverse events in hospitals and how a tool from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (I.H.I) could help hospitals detect more adverse events.

Too bad I’m not writing about health care and information technlogy in the military because then I could really hit the trifecta.

E.H.R. E.M.R. H.I.T. C.M.S. I.H.I.

O.M.G.

*I covered K-12 for The Desert Sun, the daily newspaper of Palm Springs earlier in my career, so I joined the EWA. I loved that beat so, so much. I keep up with EWA because I just don’t want to let it go.

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About jenniferlarsonwrites

I'm a freelance writer and editor based in Nashville, Tennessee. I have a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a bachelor's degree in English from Rhodes College. I'm a born-and-bred Southerner who spent a few years in Southern California, a rabid baseball fan and a would-be grower of tomatoes. You can also visit me at LinkedIn or on Twitter at @JenniferLarson.
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