Global Glossary: Pharmacy Informatics


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Imaging informatics

A broad term that indicated the application of informatics to the management of diagnostic images in health care.

 

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


Implied Consent

Voluntary agreement with what is being done or proposed that can be reason­ably determined through the actions or inactions of the person.

COACH


Informatics

Use of computers to manage data and information.

 

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


Information and Communications Technology

Technologies that facilitate communication and the processing and transmission of information by electronic means. Examples in health include health information networks, electronic health records, telemedicine services, wearable and portable systems, health portals, and other technology-based tools assisting disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment, health monitoring and lifestyle management.

Canada Health Infoway - A Framework and Toolkit for Managing eHealth Change

 


Informed consent

The requirement that consent is not valid in the absence of knowledge.

COACH


Innovators

Those who are very eager to try new ideas (venturesome).

 

Canada Health Infoway. A Framework and Toolkit for Managing eHealth Change: People and Processes


Integrity

The property that data has not been altered or destroyed in an unauthorised manner.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


Intentional Discrepancy

The prescriber has made a choice to add, change or discontinue a medication and this has been clearly documented. 

Canadian Patient Safety Institute and ISMP Canada (2017). Medication Reconciliation in Acute Care Getting Started Kit, version 4. 


Interactive voice response (IVR)

A system that allows patients to use their telephone, keypad, and voice to communicate with the pharmacy’s computer system to request refills, determine the status of prescriptions being filled, leave messages for the pharmacy staff, and perform a host of other activities.

 

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


Interface

Internal communication between two separate entities (i.e., hardware or software) that allows information and resources to be shared without affecting how external entities (i.e., a user) interacts with each system.

 

Dumitru, Doina. The Pharmacy Informatics Primer. Ist ed. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2009. 


Interoperability

The ability of two or more systems to exchange information or function together.

Canada Health Infoway, EHRS Blueprint Version 2