Glossary

Distant site-Site at which the physician or other licensed practitioner delivering the service is located at the time the service is provided via telecommunications system.  Other common names for this term include hub site, specialty site, provider/physician site and referral site. The site may also be referred to as the consulting site.

Live video-  Video conferencing technologies that allow for two-way, synchronous, interactive video and audio signals for the purpose of delivering telehealth, telemedicine or distant education services. It is often referred to by the acronyms ITV, IATV or VTC (video teleconference.

 m-Health-Practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile communication devices, such as mobile phones, tablet computers and PDAs for health services and information.

Originating site: Location of the Medicaid patient at the time the service being furnished via a telecommunications system occurs. Telepresenters may be needed to facilitate the delivery of this service. Other common names for this term include spoke site, patient site, remote site, and rural site.

Remote patient monitoring-Type of ambulatory healthcare where patients use mobile medical devices to perform a routine test and send the test data to a healthcare professional in real-time.  Remote monitoring includes devices such as glucose meters for patients with diabetes and heart or blood pressure monitors for patients receiving cardiac care. 

Store and forward-Type of telehealth encounter or consult that uses still digital images of patient data for  rendering a medical opinion or diagnosis. Common services include radiology, pathology, dermatology, ophthalmology, and wound care. Store and forward includes the asynchronous transmission of clinical data from one site  to another.

Telehealth- Telehealth is a collection of means or methods for enhancing health care, public health and health education delivery and support using telecommunications technologies.