DICTIONARY: Health Information Technology and Security


This is a handy, word-packed reference book with health information technology terminology of the past, present, and future. The paperback book is small and compact in size but amazingly full of words, abbreviations, and even names of leaders in the health information technology industry. While any book like this will require updating on a periodic basis, many of the terms will remain relevant for a good period of time. I found the dictionary very useful and recommend it as a good addition to the reference shelf in the office or library.

Doody’s Book Review

From the Back Cover

Over 10,000 Detailed Entries!

“”There is a myth that all stakeholders in the healthcare space understand the meaning of basic information technology jargon. In truth, the vernacular of contemporary medical information systems is unique, and often misused or misunderstood? Moreover, an emerging national Heath Information Technology (HIT) architecture; in the guise of terms, definitions, acronyms, abbreviations and standards; often puts the non-expert medical, nursing, public policy administrator or paraprofessional in a position of maximum uncertainty and minimum productivity ?The Dictionary of Health Information Technology and Security will therefore help define, clarify and explain…You will refer to it daily.””

– Richard J. Mata, MD, MS, MS-CIS, Certified Medical Planner? (Hon), Chief Medical Information Officer [CMIO], Ricktelmed Information Systems, Assistant Professor Texas State University, San Marcos


One Response

  1. 5 Types of Challenges Facing Health Information Systems

    • Technical problems, including obstacles related to the installation of health information systems (HISs), hardware availability, and network speed and availability.
    • Usage problems, such as poor system usability and problems with user training.
    • Quality problems, often related to poor data quality or poor quality of the HIS itself, some affecting patient safety.
    • Operational functionality, including missing features or problems with specific features of the system, often leading to users having to use multiple systems.
    • Maintenance and support problems, including lack of professional support, poor system maintenance, poor communication with the IT department and poor documentation.

    Source: “Obstacles and features of health information systems: A systematic literature review”. Computers in Biology and Medicine, October 2021.


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