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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Real-time transmission

The simultaneous capture, processing, and presentation of audio, video, and data at the time data are originated, without more than a fraction of a second delay when the frame rate is at least 30 fps.
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Referring Site (see also Spoke Site or Originating Site)

Is the location of the patient receiving a telehealth service.

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Remote Patient Monitoring

Uses telehealth technologies to collect medical data, such as vital signs and blood pressure, from clients/patients in one location and electronically transmit that information to health care providers in a different location. The health professionals monitor these clients/patients remotely and, when necessary, implement medical services on their behalf.


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The level of detail that can be captured or displayed; in computer displays it refers to the spacing of pixels in the image and is measured in pixels per inch (ppi) or dots per inch (dpi). For example, if an image has a resolution of 72 ppi, it contains 5,184 pixels per square inch (72 pixels wide by 72 pixels high). For video displays (interactive video or teleradiology), resolution is measured in pixels by pixels (or lines) by bit depth.
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Rural Health Clinic

Is a clinic in a rural, medically underserved area that has a separate reimbursement structure from the standard professional office under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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