A broad term referring to the licensed or certified health care professionals and organizations that provide care to HMO members. Providers can be independent professionals in private practice or they can be members of an organized group, such as multi-specialty medical group. Common providers in managed care include hospitals, medical groups, home care companies, skilled nursing facilities, medical equipment companies, primary care physicians, and specialty physicians.
Providers is a framework to be used with JSP to fill Select options in HTML. You can use it with Struts to replace html:options tag and use providers:options and fill the select without the need of creating a collection in an Action.
Providers run on a managed system along with the server on a Windows system. Providers are plug-ins to the server framework. Each provider is specific to the hardware controller or software component that the provider manages.