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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E

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

Is a test of the electrical activity of the heart, which helps detect problems such as heart attacks and arrhythmias.

 

 
 
Entry link: Electrocardiogram (ECG)

Electronic signature

The attachment of specific codes to an electronic document for purposes of authentication. The authentication process may make use of such technologies as passwords, cryptography, and biometrics.
Entry link: Electronic signature

Encryption

A system of encoding data whereby the information can be transmitted, retrieved, and decoded only by the intended recipient, who holds the “key” to interpreting the message.

Entry link: Encryption

F

Facility Fee (see also Originating Site Fee)

Is a fee paid to the originating site to compensate for the cost of facilitating a tele
health visit.
Entry link: Facility Fee (see also Originating Site Fee)

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)

Are federally designated facilities. They provide primary care and other health care services to underserved populations.
Entry link: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)

Fiber optics

Technology employing an insulated cable with a glass core; it relies on light pulses rather than electricity to transmit audio, video, and data signals at very high speeds (90 to 150 Mbps) with low error rates.
Entry link: Fiber optics

Firewall

Computer hardware and software designed to prevent internal and external unauthorized access between computer networks.
Entry link: Firewall

Frame rate

The number of frames per second (fps) displayed on a video monitor. Full-motion video is set at 25 to 30 fps. A frame rate of 15 fps or less is noticeably jerky and may be inadequate for some types of telehealth applications.
Entry link: Frame rate

G

Geostationary

Describing the orbit of a satellite whose location relative to the earth's surface is constant, so that the satellite seems to hover over one spot.
Entry link: Geostationary

H

Hardware

All physical equipment related to information technology, including the computers, peripheral devices (printers, disks, scanners, and so on), cables, switches, and other components of the telecommunication infrastructure.
Entry link: Hardware


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