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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.
If you are are a SCATA member, you can add and edit jargon terms from the member's area
Non-members can use the contact page to submit a new term or acronym, or to update an existing one.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly found on web sites, e.g.
www.npfit.nhs.uk/faq

Firewall

 

A combination of hardware and software that protects computers from attack by restricting certain types of Internet traffic. A popular software-only firewall is the Zone Alarm product for MS Windows. Many popular routers now come with firewall software/firmware embedded. It is becoming common for vendors to bundle anti-virus, anti-spam and firewall software together as 'anti-malware' products.