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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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Term or Acronym

Definition

Explanation

OBS

Output Based Specification

The detailed specification of the outputs required of a computer system or service. Used to define what a supplier is required to provide as part of a contract.

OCS

Order Comms, Order Communications System

The electronic equivalent of ‘requesting’ an X-Ray or blood test or almost anything else that may be required for a patient, e.g a theatre slot, dietetic advice, clinical referrals, anaesthetic services.

OGC

Office of Government Commerce

 

OJEC Notice

An advert in the Official Journal of the European Community

All major system or service procurements must be advertised in the OJEC and bids invited.

OJEU

Official Journal of the European Union

All major system or service procurements must be advertised in the OJEU and bids invited.

OPCS

Office of Population, Censuses and Surveys

 

OSS

Open Source Software

i.e. free or very cheap. Linux is an example of an open source computer operating system.