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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Tablet PC

A tablet personal computer (tablet PC) refers to any portable personal computer that relies upon a touchscreen as its primary input device and has a wireless connection to access the Internet. Originated by Microsoft in 2001, the tablet PC is now a ubiquitous term that refers to any tablet-sized personal computer regardless of its operating system.
Entry link: Tablet PC


involves a pharmacist in one location directing the dispensing of a prescription to another employee in a separate location.

Entry link: Tele-pharmacy


Is a health professional who sits in the exam room with clients/patients during telemedicine visits and assists the distant-site provider.


Entry link: Tele-presenter


Transmitting or receiving information with the use of wire, radio, satellite, fiber-optic, or other electromagnetic or optical media for voice, data, and video communications.
Entry link: Telecommunication


Interactive electronic communication between multiple users at remote sites that allows the simultaneous exchange of voice, video, and data.
Entry link: Teleconferencing


A clinical interaction between a clinician and patient, using telecommunication technology.
Entry link: Teleconsultation


The detection or diagnosis of a disease by evaluating data transmitted electronically or by using peripheral instruments monitoring a remote patient.
Entry link: Telediagnosis


An experienced clinician acting as a preceptor for a remote inexperienced clinician by observation via interactive telecommunication technology.
Entry link: Telementoring


The automatic collection and transmission of data via wired or wireless media from stations based in remote locations (for example, patients’ homes) to central receiving stations (such as clinics or hospitals) for recording and analysis.

Entry link: Telemetry


The process of using audio, video, and other electronic peripheral devices to monitor the health status of a patient at a distance.
Entry link: Telemonitoring

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