Helpful resources and technology terms explained

A helpful explanation of some of the terms we use within our technology for lung health information. Plus an introduction to using the internet, with handy links to other resources.

Here we explain some of the terms we use within our technology for lung health information and in the wider digital world. There’s also an introduction to using the internet, with handy links to more information.

We know there are lots of confusing terms when it comes to technology. So, we’ve put together this list of definitions to help you use our app search more easily. Think we’ve missed out a key term? Let us know!

If you’re new to the online world, you might need extra help with getting online. We have a list of helpful resources for learning the basics of getting online.

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What does that term mean?

Struggling to understand a technology term? Take a look through our list of definitions.

Application (often shortened to app)

This is a programme or tool you download to your smartphone or tablet. There’s an app for everything! In fact, there are over 2.57 million available. Apps can help with simple things, such as a calculator app, to more complex issues, such as a GPS tracking app you can use as a map!

Self-management app

This is a type of app that helps you self-manage your health condition. This could be an app that reminds you to take medication, teaches you correct inhaler technique or something else!

Find out more about what self management apps are

Platform

The platform your device is on links to the type of device it is.

For example, if you have an iPhone or iPad, this is an Apple device that uses iOS. If you have an Android device, such as a Samsung or Google Pixel phone, this uses Android technology.

This is helpful for when you are downloading an app, to make sure you are downloading the right type of app for your device.

iOS

This refers to the platform used on an Apple iPhone. If you have an iPhone, you will download your apps from the Apple app store.

If an app works with iOS, it means it can be used on an iPhone or iPad.

Android

This is the platform used on Android phones. Android phones are non-Apple smartphones, such as Samsung and Google Pixel.

All apps for these phones will be downloaded from the app stores that’s linked to that type of phone.

If an app works with Android, it means it can be used on an Android phone.

Version

Version describes the edition of an app you’re using. When a change is made to an app, the latest form will be the newest version.

You don’t need to know which version you have as it should update itself automatically on your device. However, if you review an app, it may be helpful to know which version you are reviewing. It will usually be displayed like this: version 2.3 or version 3.1.4.

Download

This describes the process of getting an app onto your smartphone or another device.

Apps can be downloaded from the app store on your device – click on the app store and search by name. Or if it’s an app in our library, you can click the download button on the webpage.

Social media

This describes websites that allow users to connect with friends, family and more. Most social media websites have their own corresponding app. Examples of social media sites are:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • WhatsApp

Read more about the importance of talking to others

Telehealth

Telehealth describes when health-related services or information are given through electronic communication channels. This could include making GP appointments over the phone, using video calling services or using an app or website to order repeat prescriptions.

Read more about Telehealth


App score- what does this mean?

We work with ORCHA to provide a list of all the apps available to you, so you can choose which work best for you and your condition. ORCHA independently reviews all the apps and provides a score based on different criteria.

ORCHA’s overall score is made up from answers to a series of questions. Some questions earn positive points, and some earn negative points. ORCHA treats all apps equally and fairly, regardless of their current popularity or the financial position of their developers.

ORCHA takes key functions and features of the app into account when scoring. This includes over 14 features that they monitor each app for regularly. When anything is updated, the app's score will take this into account.

If you would like to read more about ORCHA and their review process, you can visit their site.


Getting online – useful resources 

If you can get online, you’ll be able to access health information, talk to friends and family all over the world, listen to the radio, watch TV programmes – and so much more. However, 10% of the adult UK population aren’t internet users, with 20% saying this is because they don’t know how.

Luckily, there are lots of helpful resources out there to help you get online: 

  • Age UK: Making the most of the internet. Learn how to get the most out of the internet with this guide. It’s got advice on how to set up an email account, how to watch TV and listen to the radio, how to search for information online and more. 
  • Learn My Way helps you get online. Sign up for free and gain access to courses on digital skills, helping you be more confident online. There’s a how to guide on GP online services and how to use the NHS website. The courses are aimed at beginners. 
  • BT jargon buster. If any words are unfamiliar to you, check out this useful jargon buster from BT. 

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