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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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Read Terms/Codes

 

Invented by Dr James Read. A system for standardizing the terms used and the coding of diseases etc, originally in primary care. Later versions are still in use but now superseded by SNOMED CT. See also CTV3.

RF LAN

Radio Frequency LAN

A wireless version of a LAN.

RFID

Radio-frequency identification

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is an automatic identification method, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders. An RFID tag is an object that can be attached to or incorporated into a product, animal, or person for the purpose of identification using radio waves. RFID on the Wikipedia

RID

Regional Implementation Director

The senior NHS manager responsible for implementing NPfIT in an NHS region.

RIS

Radiology Information System

Computer system used to manage radiology processes and outputs.

RSS

Really Simple Syndication

RSS allows Internet users to select data from a wide range of websites and have it delivered automatically to their computer, allowing for customisation and personalisation of regularly updated web content.