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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Master patient index

An index of patients, members of health care plans, physicians, health care practitioners, payers, employers, employees, and other individuals, along with patient demographic information—such as name, address, telephone number, date of birth, and visit dates—stored in a computerized database.

Entry link: Master patient index


Megabits (millions of bits) per second. A measure of bandwidth on a data transmission medium such as twisted pair copper cable, coaxial cable, or optical fiber. A typical uncompressed video signal requires at least 45 Mbps to facilitate transmission.
Entry link: Mbps


Is a program that provides health care coverage for people with lower incomes, older people, people with disabilities, and some families and children.
It provides medical coverage and long-term medical care to low-income
Entry link: Medicaid

Medicaid Provider Manual

Is a document released by each state’s Medicaid agency, which serves as the reference document for its Medicaid program.

Entry link: Medicaid Provider Manual

Medically Underserved Area (MUA)

May be a whole county or a group of contiguous counties, a group of county or civil divisions or a group of urban census tracts in which residents have a shortage of personal health services.

Entry link: Medically Underserved Area (MUA)


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.
Entry link: mHealth

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.
Entry link: Microwave link

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.
Entry link: Mobile Phone


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.
Entry link: Modem

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