Global Glossary: Pharmacy Informatics


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Security

The preservation of the confidentiality, integrity and availability of personal health information.

COACH


Security incident

Unauthorized access, use, disclosure, modification, or destruction of electronic protected health information (ePHI). 

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Severity threshold

In clinical decision support systems, the minimum severity that a drug-related problem must achieve prior to being presented to the pharmacist.

 

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Single Unit Packaging

A single unit package is one that contains one discrete pharmaceutical dosage form; i.e. one tablet, one 2 mL volume of liquid, one 2 g mass of ointment, etc. A single unit package is also a unit dose or single dose package if it contains the particular dose of the drug ordered for the patient.


Smart pump

A device that administers IV solutions and contains drug libraries and dosing parameters for commonly used medications.

 

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Soft Stop

Soft stops are computer-based reminders. For example, if the BPMH is expected to be complete within six hours of admission, at three hours after admission a reminder could be sent to the person responsible for completing the BPMH to complete it.

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Stakeholder

An individual or group with an interest in the success of an organization and its products. Thus, stakeholders could consist of the organization’s own members, senior authorities either within or outside the organization, suppliers, etc. Stakeholders are groups internal and external to the organization that affect the organization’s interests.

 

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Structured Query Language (SQL)

A unique language that is used to perform actions on data within a database and is the standard query language in relational database management systems.

 

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Sustainability

Described as “when new ways of working and improved outcomes become the norm.” Sustainability is achieved when processes have changed and benefits are realized and have even further evolved over time. Sustainability results when the change becomes an integrated or mainstream way of working rather than something “added on.”

 

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Symbologies

A standardized bar coding methodology that enables capturing product information contained in data printed in machine readable format and read using a bar code reader so that it can be immediately captured for data entry purposes by a pharmacist or by a healthcare provider administering the drug in a hospital, clinic, or nursing home.  


Synchronous communication

Two-way communication that occurs in real time (simultaneously). Examples include the telephone, instant messaging, videoconferencing, and text messages.

 

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System

An independent but interrelated group of parts working toward a common goal. 

 

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