ICT jargon for doctors

To practice and deliver high-quality patient-centered care, it is important that doctors understand the information and communication technologies used to produce, store, record, access and disseminate healthcare-related data. It may also be important to protect your personal and professional communication patient information.

Everybody knows what is a personal computer (PC) (Ref CMJ article), notebook and laptop computers. Most doctors use smart-phones and some have Tablet computers which is sometimes difficult to differentiate from a large screen smartphone.

The main aim of this article is to give readers a working knowledge of the frequently used ICT jargon/concepts. We hope this will help and empower you in your clinical practice, research or when conversing with patients and computer professionals.


Internet of Things (IoT) – Introduction

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine – Introduction to AIM

Machine Learning

Hardware, Software, Accessories (peripheral devices)

Medical Computing – 1. Ceylon Medical Journal. 1994, 39, 181 – 184 

Read PDF – CMJ article – Medical Computing. Kumara Mendis

ABC of medical computing. BMJ series




Google, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, Apple

Browser Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Google Scholar

http://  https://

Antivirus, Malware, Worms

Server, Network Server, Cloud Server

Virtual Private Server VPS

Virtual Private Network VPN

Social Media, Facebook, Twitter,

Research Gate

Learning Management System LMS, Moodle


Artificial Intelligence



Digital Health

Precision health


PubMed, Medline, Medline Plus

Cochrane Library



For example We can discuss one topic or related topics giving a referenced definition from a reputed source, expert author quote which has little controversial underpinnings. Can include a diagram because a picture is worth a 1000 words or even a story or scenarios that makes the point clear.

Artificial intelligence (AI), the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings. The term is frequently applied to the project of developing systems endowed with the intellectual processes characteristic of humans, such as the ability to reason, discover meaning, generalize, or learn from past experience.

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIM)