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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  • Ubiquity

    Existence or apparent existence everywhere at the same time. A raw material that is found at all locations.
  • UCS

    See Uniform Communication Standard
  • UDI

    See Unique Device Identification
  • UI

    User Interface.
  • Ultraviolet light disinfection

    Ultraviolet light kills microorganisms by exposing patient room surfaces to a device which emits short-wavelength ultraviolet radiation (UV-C) thus inactivating the DNA of the microorganisms. UV disinfection has a long history off use in air and water purification, sewage treatment protection of food and beverages, and many other disinfection and sterilization applications. A major advantage of UV treatment in water sources is the ability of disinfecting water faster than chlorine without retention tanks
  • Umbrella rate

    An ICC rate-making practice that held rates to a particular level to protect the traffic of another mode.

    See Universal Medical Device Nomenclature System