Health Informatics Glossary
W3C - The
World Wide Web Consortium,
(W3C) is an international standards organization where Member
organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to
develop Web standards. See
WAN - Wide Area
Network, typically by connecting separate LANs together for a
single enterprise WAN, such as a group of clinics with a single
computer network across multiple sites. See
WAP - Wireless Application Protocol.
WBS - Work Breakdown Structure.
WEP - Wired Equivalent Privacy.
WHIN - The Western Health Information
Network, the final phase of the Long Beach Network for Health.
WHO - The
Organization is an agency of the United
Nations (UN) that coordinates global public health efforts. The
WHO headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland. See
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Wi-Fi - The common name for wireless
LAN signals, "Wi-Fi" is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance and the brand
name for products using the IEEE 802.11 family of standards.
Wiki - 
Hawaiian word for "fast"  A type of
collaborative software that
typically allows web pages to be created and collaboratively edited
using a common web browser  A
website that uses wiki
software, allowing easy creation and editing of content.
WiMAX - Worldwide
Interoperability for Microwave Access, a broadband wireless access
technology based on the IEEE 802.16 standard. WiMAX is a wireless
competitor for the "last mile" to cable TV and DSL circuits.
wLAN - Wireless Local Area Network.
Workflow - An informal term for a
business process. Workflow is the preferred term in computer
programming when describing human-to-machine interaction.
WorldVistA - WorldVistA was
incorporated in 2002 as a California non-profit corporation. It is
a VistA user group that seeks to extend and collaboratively improve
the VistA electronic health record system for use outside of its
World Wide Web See
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Worm - A computer worm is a standalone
malware computer program that replicates itself in order to spread to
other computers. See
WSDL - Web
Services Description Language. See
WWW - The World Wide Web (WWW) is a
system of interlinked hypertext documents on the Internet.
WYSIWYG - ("wiz-ee-wig") Acronym for "What You See Is
What You Get" indicating that the graphical display of content on
screen is nearly identical to the printed output. See