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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An instrument in orbit around the earth used to amplify, receive, or transmit electromagnetic signals over a wide geographical area, or footprint.
Methods to control access and to protect information from accidental or intentional disclosure to unauthorized persons and from alteration, destruction, or loss.
Short Message Service
Short Message Service (SMS) refers to the text communication service of telephone, web or mobile phone or other communication systems. Text messages (also known as texting) use SMS.
Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)
Is a facility that houses chronically ill, usually elderly patients, and provides long-term nursing care, rehabilitation, and other services.
A plastic device, the size of a credit card, with embedded memory. Smart cards are used, especially in Europe, for people to carry their own medical records, images, and other information.
A smartphone is a mobile phone offering more advanced computing ability and connectivity. In essence, these are handheld computers integrated into mobile phones.
Spoke Site (see also Originating Site or Referring Site)
Is the location of the clients/patient receiving a telehealth service.
Describing an asynchronous connection that permits audio clips, video clips, still images, or data to be held now and transmitted or received at a later time. Store-and-forward technology can be used to create a multimedia computerized medical record.
A telecommunication system in which every user has a unique address such that direct connections between any two users can be established.