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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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


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