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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
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Term or Acronym

Definition

Explanation

MCN

Managed Clinical Network

A term used to describe electronic joining-up of clinicians and NMAHPs in different geographical areas to provide a clinical service to a wider patient population.

MDC

Medical Device Communication

The registered acronym for content of international MDC standards (formerly IEEE MIB) published as BS EN ISO IEEE 11073 series. Technology that facilitates the inter-connection of point of care medical devices such as ECGs, pulse oximeters, automatic blood pressure monitors, etc. so that data can be transferred, downloaded and processed by other (e.g. EPR) systems. Designed to permit ‘plug and play’. URL: http://www.11073.org

MHRA

Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Formed from the merger of the Medicines Control Agency and the Medical Devices Agency.

MIB

Medical Information Bus

Name for old MDC (IEEE P1073) standards. Turned out not to be a bus!