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Survey Key Terms and Definitions

Section 1:

Geographic setting: United States Bureau of the Census definitions for “Urban” and “Rural.” The Census Bureau identifies two-types of urban areas: Urbanized Areas of 50,000 people or more, and Urban Clusters of at least 2,500 and less than 50,000 people (popular term is “suburban”). “Rural” encompasses all population, housing and territory not included within a “suburban” or Urban Area.

 

Section 2:

Work-computer: Laptop, pad, or desktop owned by the organization and used by grant-funded program staff.
Work email account: Operated by the organization and assigned to groups or individual staff for work activities.
Intranet: Allows work-computers to share resources such as printers or a connection to the Internet.

 

Section 3:

Certified Electronic Health Record systems are approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology testing and certification bodies, and can be used to meet the criteria for Meaningful Use.
Meaningful Use (MU): Patient health information is captured and used according to technology and data standards and criteria found in Federal statute.
Electronic Exchange: Electronic movement of health-related information among organizations according to nationally recognized standards to facilitate access to and retrieval of clinical data. The process provides safer, timelier, efficient, effective, equitable, patient-centered care.
Patient Portal: A patient portal is a secure online website that gives patients convenient 24-hour access to personal health information from anywhere with an Internet connection. Using a secure username and password, patients can view personal health information.
Patient Health Information Summaries: A clinical or transfer-of-care summary of patient health information that meets the descriptive criteria for Meaningful Use found in Federal statute.

 

Section 4:

Telehealth: The use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.

 

Section 5:

Mobile Technology (when used as a tool in healthcare): The generation, aggregation, and dissemination of health information via mobile and wireless devices using cellular technology.

Mobile Health (mHealth) Tools: Use of mobile devices, Smartphone apps, patient monitoring devices and/or other wireless devices for health-related services and/or communications – these last two may also be considered as a category under Telehealth.
Mobile Heath (mHealth) Apps: The software that runs on smartphones or tablets that manage personal health maintenance and health tracking applications.

 

Section 6:

Social Media: Computer or mobile device mediated tools that allow people to create, share or exchange information, ideas, and pictures/videos in virtual communities and networks. Examples include Web sites that support real-time interaction with others, Twitter, Facebook, applications for messaging or texting.