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Glossary of terms

Acute CareA range of clinical Health Care functions delivered in hospitals e.g. Emergency Medicine, trauma care and critical care etc
ADTAdmission Discharge and Transfers
AHPAllied Health Professional e.g. occupational health therapists, operating department practitioners, physiotherapists, podiatrists, radiographers, speech and language therapists, dieticians
AHRAccess to Health Records
ALBArms Length Bodies including HSCB, PHA, NIAS etc
ApplicationAny software program that enables the end-user to perform specific, productive tasks, such as word processing or image manipulation.
BSOThe Business Services Organisation is responsible for the provision of a range of business support and specialist professional services to the whole of the Health and Social Care sector including, HR, finance, legal services, procurement, ICT and other services.
BSO ITSBusiness Services Organisation Information Technology Services – A directorate of BSO.
Community CareAn alternative to hospital care, community care is delivered in the patient's own home or in a residential or care home setting to people who may be disabled, elderly or mentally ill.
ECR/NIECRElectronic Care Record/Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record
EHCRElectronic Health Care Record
EIREnvironmental Information Regulations
EPR/EHRElectronic Patient Record/ Electronic Health Record
FAQ'sFrequently Asked Questions
FBCFull Business Case
FOIFreedom of Information Act
GDPRGeneral Data Protection Regulations
GPGeneral Practitioner
HardwareAny physical part of a computer that you can touch this comprises of the main system unit, a display screen, a keyboard, a mouse, and sometimes a printer. It also includes the digital circuitry.
Health RecordSame as Electronic Care Record - used to record patient's medical and personal information
HRAHuman Rights Act
HSCNIHealth and Social Care in Northern Ireland
ICTInformation Communication Technology
ITInformation Technology
My ChartMyChart Virtual Care, shows patients and their caregivers a personalised care plan. The care plan is available from mobile phones, and anyone with access to it can check off daily to-dos or read educational information as they need it
OOHOut of Hours GP Services
PASPatient Administration System - A system used to support patient management, record and manage hospital activity, including tracking patients, admissions, ward attendances and appointments.
PDFPortable Document Format
PPIPersonal and Public Involvement
Primary CareHealth care provided by a medical professional (such as a general practitioner, paediatrician, or nurse) with whom a patient has initial contact and by whom the patient may be referred to a specialist
Secondary CareSimilar to acute care, traditionally care delivered by hospitals
SMESubject Matter Expert
SMTSenior Management Team
SROSenior Responsible Owner - Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health
StandardisationThe process of making something conform to a standard.
"training ensured standardisation of procedures at all sites"
TIGThe Transformation Implementation Group are the Sponsoring Group for encompass, their role is to:

* Provide leadership
* Resolve strategic and directional issues
* Provide continued commitment and endorsement to the Programme
* Advise and support the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO)
* Confirm the successful delivery and closure of the encompass Programme

Page last updated: 17 October 2022