Electronic Health Record: A digital version of a patient’s paper chart. EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users; which may include: laboratories, specialists, medical imaging facilities, pharmacies, emergency facilities, insurance and governmental agencies and school and workplace clinics.
(“Health IT.gov.” What Is an Electronic Health Record (EHR)? N.p., n.d. Web. 16 July 2014.)
Vital Signs: Clinical measurements – specifically pulse rate, temperature, respiration rate and blood pressure – that indicate the state of a patient’s essential body functions.
(“Definition of Vital Signs in English.” Vital Signs: Definition of Vital Signs in Oxford Dictionary (British & World English). N.p., n.d. Web. 17 July 2014.)
Blood Pressure: The pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is produced primarily by the contraction of the heart muscle. It’s measurement is recorded by two numbers. The first (systolic pressure) is measured after the heart contracts and is highest. The second (diastolic pressure) is measured before the heart contracts and is lowest.
(“Blood Pressure.” Medterms. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 July 2014.)