Glossary of Terms

A glossary of terms, acronyms, and concepts relative to healthcare and Verato products and solutions.

  • Augmented Data 

    This is the input data that will be combined with Reference Database data when a match is located for an incoming record that scores at or above the matching threshold.

  • Auto-Steward 

    Verato technology used to augment an organization’s existing MPI to match more patient records. This is mainly used for organizations not ready for a Universal Identity. 

  • Data Steward 

    A role within an organization responsible for utilizing an organization’s governance processes to ensure fitness of data elements (both the content and metadata). Data stewards have a specialist role that incorporates processes, policies, guidelines, an...

  • DMF 

    Death Master File. Data source from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that contains more than 94 million records. The file is created from internal SSA records of deceased persons possessing social security numbers and whose deaths were reported ...

  • EHR

    Electronic Health Record. An electronic health record is the systematized collection of patient and population electronically stored health information in a digital format. These records can be shared across different health care settings. 

  • EMPI

    Enterprise Master Patient Index. A conventional patient matching system that uses probabilistic algorithmic matching. 

  • e-PHI

    Electronic Protected Health Information.  All recorded information about an identifiable individual that relates to that person’s health, health care history, provision of health care to the individual, or payment for health care which is held or transf...

  • Enrich 

    Verato's solution for organizations who need more data to power customer experience and analytic insight initiatives. Enrich provides additional social determinants of health (SDOH) data. Refer to the Enrich solution home page for more information.

  • GLBA 

    Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. A U.S. Regulation that sets the standards for the way financial institutions handle private information of individuals.

  • HEI 

    Health Exchange Information. Allows health care professionals and patients to appropriately access and securely share a patient’s medical information electronically. 

  • HI

    Health Information. Any information, including genetic information, whether oral or recorded in any form or medium, that: Is created or received by a health care provider, health plan, public health authority, employer, life insurer, school or universi...

  • HIN 

    Healthcare Intelligence Network. An electronic publishing company providing high-quality information on the business of healthcare. 


    Health Information Trust. Security framework that provides organizations with a comprehensive and flexible approach to HIPAA compliance and risk management. 

  • IAM System 

    Identity and Access Management system. A framework of business processes, policies, and technologies that facilitates the management of electronic or digital identities. 

  • Identity Market 

    SaaS-based identify matching platform that links person data across disparate data sources.   

  • IIHI 

    Individually Identifiable Health Information. Information that is a subset of health information including demographic information collected from an individual, and:  Is created or received by a health care provider health plan, employer, or health car...

  • Link ID 

    A unique identifier assigned to each unique person identity within customer records. Refer to How Link IDs Work for more information.

  • Matching 

    The process that compares a set of incoming identity information against the known identities in the Reference Database to find one or more matches.  See also How Match Scores Work  

  • MDM 

    Master Data Management. Technology-based discipline in which business and information technology work together to ensure the uniformity, stewardship, semantic consistency, and accountability of the enterprise’s official shared master data assets. 

  • MPI

    Master Patient Index. The MPI identifies patients across separate clinical, financial and administrative systems. See also Verato Universal Identity Platform

  • MSA

    Master Services Agreement. Verato’s master agreement with customers that outlines the broad terms of our relationship. 

  • Overlay (data) 

    Data that is transferred from one list owner’s file to another file that does not contain the information. For example, demographic or lifestyle data can be added to a customer file by overlaying a demographic or lifestyle data file. The match may be ac...

  • PAN 

    Primary Account Number. A unique number found on payment cards like debit and credit cards that identifies the card issuer and the cardholder account. 

  • PCI 

    Payment Card Industry. A framework of specifications, tools, measurements, and support resources to help organizations ensure the safe handling of cardholder information, including prevention, detection, and appropriate reaction to security incidents. 

  • PCI-DSS 

    Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. A set of security standards designed to ensure that ALL companies that accept, process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment.  

  • PHI

    Protected Health Information. All recorded information about an identifiable individual that relates to that person’s health, health care history, provision of health care to the individual, or payment for health care. The U.S. Health Insurance Portabil...

  • PII 

    Personally Identifiable Information. Any information such as an individual’s name, national ID number, date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, and biometric records that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or lo...

  • RBAC 

    Role-based access control. A method of restricting network access based on the roles of individual users within an enterprise. 

  • Reference Database

    During the referential matching process (which is used both during the add/update of customer records and during the query of customer records), Verato compares your customer records to Verato’s Reference Database of US identities known. This is a compr...

  • SAQ

    Self-Assessment Questionnaire. Validation tools intended to assist merchants and service providers report the results of their PCI DSS self-assessment.