Health Informatics Glossary
The World Wide Web Consortium, (W3C) is
an international standards organization (ISO) where member organizations
develop open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web.
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.
Wireless Application Protocol.
Work Breakdown Structure.
Short for the W3C Web Applications
Working Group. The mission of WebApps is to provide specifications that
enable improved client-side application development on the Web, including
specifications both for APIs for client-side development and for markup
vocabularies to describe and control client-side application behavior.
Web Crawler -
An Internet bot that systematically browses the World Wide Web, typically
for the purpose of indexing web pages or URLs. Used by search engines.
Wired Equivalent Privacy.
Western Health Information Network, the final phase of the Long Beach Network
for Health (LBNH). Closed in 2011.
The World Health Organization is an
agency of the United Nations (UN) that
coordinates global public health efforts. The WHO headquarters is in Geneva,
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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
 Hawaiian word for "fast" or "quick";  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.
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.
Wireless Local Area Network.
An informal term for a business process. Workflow is the preferred term in
computer programming when describing human-to-machine interaction.
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 original setting.
World Wide Web -
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A computer worm is a standalone malware computer program that replicates itself
in order to spread to other computers. See
Web Services Description Language.
The World Wide Web (WWW) is a system of interlinked hypertext documents on
("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.