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Health IT JumpStart: The Best First Step Toward an IT Career in Health Information Technology by Scott McEvoy, Patrick Wilson

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Chapter 3

Healthcare Lingo

  • Medical terminology
  • Color codes
  • Medical terminology

Language is a key method of interaction between two or more humans. Ever try to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak the same language as you and remember how frustrating that was? Language barriers only complicate understanding. Healthcare professionals need fewer barriers, so we have written this chapter to expose you to the lingo of the healthcare market. We are not experts in Latin, though we did study it for fun while working at Vitria Technologies. We will expose you to the high-level Latin terms, industry terms, and other terminology used differently in the medical community. For example, in normal networking terms, IDS stands for intrusion detection ...

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