Friday, March 28, 2008

Advancing technology


A few years ago, few people would have imagined fitting over 10 gigabytes (GB) of space on a tiny piece of plastic the size of a micro SD card. Microchip technology is advancing very quickly. How will this impact medical technology in 5 or even 10 years? What will our computers be capable of? How will clinicians utilize and leverage such equipment to improve patient care?

Healthcare IT is a huge focus these days for many stakeholders. Faster processors, more memory, and improved battery life are some of the factors revolutionizing computer hardware development. Mobile devices are getting faster, smaller, and smarter.

Can clinicians keep up with these advances? Are we fully leveraging technology? Or are we so behind that we're still using slow computers, obsolete software, and reducing our productivity?

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