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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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Data Controller

 

A term used in the Data Protection Act to describe anyone who controls the use of personal data.

DDTF

Data Dictionary Task Force

A task force set up in 2001 under the aegis of the APSF to develop a standard terminology for anaesthesia. The DDTF has been formally adopted as an official SNOMED CT extension group and has now transmogrified into IOTA. See www.apsf.org/initiatives/infosys.mspx.

DH

Department of Health (for the NHS in England )

Responsibility for healthcare in Scotland and Wales is devolved to their national assemblies

DICOM

Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine

A communication standard for handling digital images, mostly relevant to diagnostic imaging, e.g. X Rays.

dm+d

Dictionary of Medicines and Devices

the new name for CPRS. A mechanism for codifying all clinical products in use in the UK . The dm+d aims to deliver a standard electronic vocabulary (terminology) and identifiers for clinical products (medicines, appliances and personal medical devices). This dictionary will facilitate electronic transfer of data on clinical products between systems and provide a route by which knowledge to assist decision making can be accessed for the relevant product.

DSCN

Data Set Change Notice

A formal notification from the NHSIA of changes to mandatory data sets. These has now been superceded by ISB notices. (qv)

DTC

Diagnostic and Treatment Centre.

See Treatment Centre

DTC

Diagnostic and Treatment Centre

A new initiative within the NHS in England. Treatment Centres are designed primarily to do routine, high throughput, elective surgery, e.g. hip replacements, cataracts. Commonly set up using private finance and sometimes employing teams of clinicians from overseas.