TUG

A mobile robot. It uses Wi-Fi and built-in maps and sensors to navigate throughout the hospital, delivering linen and supplies to designated areas.

TJC (THE JOINT COMMISSION OF ACCREDITATION)

A US-based non-profit organization that accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the US. In most states, accreditation is a condition of licensure and the receipt of Medicaid reimbursement. Many research grants and educational certifications also require TJC certification, as well as specialty certifications such as Stroke and Rehabilitation.

TIMEOUT

An intervention in which the patient consents to be alone in a designated area for an agreed-upon timeframe from which the patient is not physically prevented from leaving. Time out is not to exceed 30 minutes at a time.

TOC (TEST OF CHANGE)

A cycle in the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) process by planning it, trying it, observing the results and acting on what is learned. This is the scientific method used for action-oriented learning.

TELEMEDICINE

The use of telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care at a distance. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. It is also used to save lives in critical care and emergency situations.

TDC (TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CENTER)

Identifies, analyzes, and develops new solutions to address health care’s greatest challenges and creates the next generation of healthcare Information Technology products for use inside and outside of UPMC. Additionally, they assess new and existing technology investment opportunities to pursue a fresh vision for health care innovation with our commercial and academic partners.

TCAB (TRANSFORMING CARE AT THE BEDSIDE

The methodology used to create, test, and implement changes to improve care delivered. Improvements are categorized into four main groups: Safe and Reliable Care; Vitality and Teamwork; Patient-Centered Care; Value-Added Care Processes.