Global Glossary: Pharmacy Informatics


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Data

Discrete facts, often in the form of numbers, descriptions, or measurements. 

 

Fox BI, Thrower MR and Felkey BG. Building core competencies in pharmacy informatics. 1st ed. Washington, DC: American Pharmacists Association, 2010.


Data mining

A technique used to examine large databases for trends or patterns in the data

 

Fox BI, Thrower MR and Felkey BG. Building core competencies in pharmacy informatics. 1st ed. Washington, DC: American Pharmacists Association, 2010.


Data Quality

Processes and procedures that ensure the information collected through technical systems or databases, is standardized, comparable, accurate and well-understood so that the gathered information can be used for its intended purpose. 

Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information


Database

A database is a searchable collection of information, such as journal articles. You can quickly search a database using various search terms to find articles which are relevant to your topic.

University of Victoria Libraries. What is a database? FAQs. http://libanswers.uvic.ca/a.php?qid=71202. Updated July 28, 2015. Accessed December 22, 2016.

A group of related files. 

Fox BI, Thrower MR and Felkey BG. Building core competencies in pharmacy informatics. 1st ed. Washington, DC: American Pharmacists Association, 2010.


Decision Support Systems

Computerized systems designed to support clinician decision making. This may include provision of educational resources and guidelines, as well as automated alerts and reminders for healthcare providers. DSS are often integrated or embedded within CPOE systems.

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Differential diagnosis

In an evidence-based clinical question, establishing the frequency of the underlying disorders in patients with a particular clinical presentation. 

 

Fox BI, Thrower MR and Felkey BG. Building core competencies in pharmacy informatics. 1st ed. Washington, DC: American Pharmacists Association, 2010.


DIS


Disclosure

The process of releasing or making available personal health information to a person, other than the person the information concerns, or a person employed by or in the service of the party holding the information.

COACH


Drug Identification Number (DIN)

Drug Identification Number (DIN) / Numéro d'identification du médicament (DIN)

A Drug Identification Number (DIN) is a computer generated eight digit number assigned by Health Canada to a drug product prior to being marketed in Canada. A DIN uniquely identifies the manufacturer, product name, active ingredients, strength(s) of active ingredient(s), pharmaceutical form, and route of administration. It does not uniquely identify the package or package size.


Drug Information System (DIS)

Drug Information System (DIS) / Système d’information sur les medicaments (SIM)

An electronic repository of medication and prescription data that is held at a regional level. A region could be a regional health authority or a province [e.g., PharmaNet in British Columbia and Pharmaceutical Information Program (PIP) in Saskatchewan].

Paper to Electronic MedRec Implementation Toolkit, 2nd Edition