Welcome to AHRMM's health care supply chain Lexicon. This database contains terms used throughout the health care supply chain field. Simply click on the link to access the entire definition.

AHRMM thanks Kate Vitasek and Supply Chain Visions for their contribution of certain terms to the Lexicon. Terms supplied by Supply Chain Visions are used with permission. Supply Chain Vision’s Glossary of Supply Chain Management Terms appears on the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals website. AHRMM also acknowledges Michael B. Neely with Perimeter Solutions Group for his role in developing health care-specific terms.

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  • NACS

    See North American Container System

    See North American Free Trade Agreement
  • National carrier

    A for-hire certificated air carrier that has annual operating revenues of $75 million to $1 billion; the carrier usually operates between major population centers and areas of lesser population.
  • National Health Information Sharing & Analysis Center

    NH-ISAC is the nationally recognized ISAC for the nation’s healthcare and public health critical infrastructure by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the HHS Health Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) representing the nation’s healthcare industry. The mission of NH-ISAC is to foster, enable and preserve the public trust by advancing health sector cybersecurity resilience and the ability to prepare for and respond to threats and vulnerabilities.

  • National Industrial Traffic League

    An association representing the interests of shippers and receivers in matters of transportation policy and regulation.
  • National Industrial Transportation League (NITL)

    A national trade association of transportation providers.
  • National Microbiome Initiative

    Microbiome are communities of trillions of bacteria in the body. Researchers have discovered that the chemicals microbes emit can interfere with how food is digested, medicine is deployed or how a disease progresses. The National Microbiome Initiative has accelerated research and development, and biotech companies are looking at the microbiome's potential to develop new diagnostics or therapies and probiotic products to prevent microbe imbalances. Experts believe that next year the microbiome will solidify itself as "the health care industry's most promising and lucrative frontier," according to a news release.