Glossary


Glossary

Most definitions found in this glossary are adapted with permission from this text book:

Maheu, M., Whitten, P., & Allen, A. (2001). eHealth, Telehealth & Telemedicine: A Guide to Startup and Success. New York: Jossey-Bass.

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D

Distance Education

Distance education is defined as a formal educational process in which the majority of the instruction occurs when student and instructor are not in the same place. Instruction may be synchronous (students and instructors present at the same time) or asynchronous (students and instructors access materials on their own schedule).
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Distant Site

(see also Hub Site or Consultant Site) Is the telehealth site where the provider is located when delivering a telehealth service.

 

 
 
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Downlink

The transmission of data from a satellite to a receiver on the ground.
Entry link: Downlink

Duplex

Allowing telecommunication in opposite directions. Full-duplex communication channels can transmit data, audio, or video simultaneously; half-duplex channels can transmit in only one direction at a time.
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Durable Medical Equipment

(DME) Is any medical equipment, such as oxygen tanks, wheelchairs or hospital beds used in the home. Newer DME devices include peripherals for smart devices.

Entry link: Durable Medical Equipment

E

E – Mental Health

Generic term to describe the use of information and communication technology (ICT) - in particular the many technologies related to the Internet  - when these technologies are used to support and improve mental health conditions, including substance abuse and comorbid disorders.
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E-Prescribing

Is the act of offering medical prescriptions over the Internet. Often, prescriptions must be accompanied by a valid provider-client/patient relationship, which may or
may not require an in-person interaction between the prescriber and patient, depending on the state.
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Echocardiography

Is a sonogram of the heart.

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Echography

Is a radiology procedure that records deep structures of the body with ultrasonic waves.

Entry link: Echography

ehealth

Originally, this term referred to telehealth (or telemedicine) provided specifically via the Internet. More recently, it is used more broadly by some to refer to electronic and digital processes in health. It can also be found spelled eHealth or e-health.
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