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 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.
Is a sonogram of the heart.
Is a radiology procedure that records deep structures of the body with ultrasonic waves.
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.
Is a test of the electrical activity of the heart, which helps detect problems such as heart attacks and arrhythmias.
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.
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.