Definition of terms used throughout this website.


Broadband A high-speed connection. Broadband connections are typically 256 kilobytes per second (KBps) or faster. Broadband includes DSL and cable modem service.
Cable Modem A device that enables a broadband connection to the Internet by using cable television infrastructure. Access speeds vary greatly, with a maximum throughput of 10 megabits per second (Mbps).
Cat 5 Cable Category 5 refer to types of cabling used in Ethernet networks. Category 5 cabling can always be used in a 10BaseT environment with no change in performance. If Category 3 cable is used in a 100BaseTX environment, however, the cable may not work, or only work at 10Mbps. Both types of cables have RJ-45 connectors on them, so they can be confusing. We suggest always buying Category 5, which is useable in both situations.
DSL A broadband connection to the Internet through existing telephone lines, DSL modems can be internal or external. Internal DSL modems are plugged into an expansion slot in the computer and do not require a network adapter. External DSL modems use a network adapter to connect to the computer.
EDI Electronic Data Interchange
Ethernet Ethernet is the most common type of network adapter and is used widely for networking. Ethernet adapters connect through a network hub. If your home is wired for Ethernet, similar to phone wiring, you can connect your computers using Ethernet jacks in the wall. Otherwise, you must use a network hub to connect your computers together. To connect your computers using a hub, you will also need a network cable, called Ethernet RJ-45 twisted pair (10BaseT or 100BaseT). It looks slightly larger than a regular telephone cable.
Firewall A Firewall is a security system that acts as a protective boundary between a network and the outside world.
HIPAA The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
MOO Medical Office Online
OMR Online Medical Record
EMR Electronic Medical Record
PCC Provider Contact Center
Provider A Provider can be anyone who provides healthcare to patients (ie. Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Lab Technologists, Therapists, etc.).
PWA Patient Web Access
SSL A proposed open standard for establishing a secure communications channel to prevent the interception of critical information, such as credit card numbers. Primarily, it enables secure electronic financial transactions on the World Wide Web, although it is designed to work on other Internet services as well.