HDIRS Glossary

HDIRS Glossary


HDIRS Common Terms and Abbreviations

Following is a listing of specific terms that may be useful for HDIRS members, clients, vendors, employees, and stakeholders. Please contact us if you have suggestions for new glossary items.

Personal Health Information (PHI)

Patient-specific, protected health information that includes demographics, medical history, test and lab results, insurance details, diagnostic images, etc.

Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA)

Ontario government legislation that provides rules for the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information. PHIPA mandates, for a start, that health service providers must obtain patient consent for sharing health information, treat health information as confidential, maintain accountability for the data, and prevent and report any breaches of confidentiality.

Personal Health Records (PHR)

Records and files accessed and maintained by individual patients.

Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS)

A common healthcare technology used within hospitals and independent health facilities for storing, retrieving, managing, distributing, viewing, and presenting diagnostic images and other types of medical images.