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The SCATA Jargon Buster is a compilation of many of the confusing terms and acronyms used in Health Informatics. It was compiled from various sources and is maintained by the SCATA membership.
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Term or Acronym

Definition

Explanation

Bandwidth

 

The amount of data that can be transferred along a digital connection in a given time period - usually measured in Megabits per second (MB/s). A typical Broadband connection in 2007 had bandwidth between 2 and 8 MB/s.

Bangalored

 

Losing your job (esp.in the IT sector) to cheap labour outsourced to another country e.g. India.

Biometrics

 

Considered by some to be the Holy Grail of modern security, biometrics allows personal biological information (fingerprint, iris scan etc) to confirm an identity. It derives from Greek bios, life and metron, measure.)

Bluetooth

IEEE 802.15.1a

Short-range radio technology that allows devices to communicate with each other wirelessly. The name alludes to Harald I of Denmark (c.910-85), nicknamed Blåtand or 'bluetooth', who is credited with unifying his kingdom in the way that Bluetooth seeks to unify bluetooth-enabled devices. Healthcare Special Interest Group exists.

Botnet

 

Collection of compromised computers connected to the Internet, termed bots, that are used for malicious purposes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botnet