data element

  

Definition

Smallest named item of data that conveys meaningful information or condenses lengthy description into a short code. Called data field in the structure of a database.

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  • You need to know what the data element says and try to use it to your advantage if you can.

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  • I wondered how to get the lengthy description into a short code and my friend told me about a data element and how it worked.

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  • When creating a report, we asked the user to list out which data elements they would like to see on it. We then made sure the report matched the system of record.

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