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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Is a health insurance for people age 65 or older, people under 65 with certain disabilities, and people of all ages with  provides health care coverage and long-term health care care to low-income residents. Medicaid is jointly funded by the federal government and individual states, and is administered by the states.

Entry link: Medicare


mHealth (also known as mobile health or m-health) refers to the extension of eHealth to delivering healthcare (medical, mental and public health) information, education and services via mobile devices. Examples of mobile devices used for mHealth include smartphones such as the iPhone, Blackberry and those using Google's Droid operating system.
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Microwave link

An antenna transmitting high-frequency radio signals (exceeding 800 megahertz) for audio, video, and data transmission. Microwave links require line-of-sight connection between transmission antennas.
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Mobile Phone

Mobile phones (mobile, cell phone, or cellular telephones) are electronic devices used for two-way audio communication by means of a cellular network known as cell sites. They differ from cordless telephones, which are attached to traditional telephone land lines, such as typically found within a home or office. A mobile phone offering more advanced computing ability and connectivity is known as a smartphone.
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Modulator-demodulator. A device that enables the transmission of digital data (by transforming it to and from analog form) over standard analog telephone lines and cable video lines.
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Modifier GQ

Is the modifier for store and forward technologies.

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Modifier GT

Is the modifier for live video conferencing.

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Multifunctionality refers to a single piece of technology (hand-held device) performing a wide variety of functions (email, web, telephone, navigational system and an almost overwhelming wave of applications or "apps") that will an increasing number of tasks.
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Describing the transmission and manipulation of many types of information, including words, pictures, videos, music, numbers, and handwriting. In health care, integrated multimedia patient records can contain audio and video clips, still images, and other material.
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The aggregation of individual digital transmission lines (minimum of two, maximum of eleven) into one higher-speed line by means of a hardware device known as a multiplexer. Multiplexing allows transmission of multiple sources of audio, video, or data information in a single high-capacity communication channel.
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