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Healthy developments

Software priorities for medical technology advancement.

Medical specialists have seen how commercial organisations are using technology to respond quickly to market opportunities and to deliver cost effective services to larger numbers of customers.
There is now growing awareness that taking this technology into medical systems can contribute to disease prevention and speedier diagnosis, while improving patient comfort and convenience during treatment – factors that can have a real impact on compliance with a therapy. For several serious illnesses, technology can facilitate the treatment itself and increase survival rates.
Advances in medical technology will also enable authorities to broaden access to treatment through reduced equipment and overall costs, shorter consultation times and less invasive treatments. Telemedicine will be a key enabler, with internet technologies improving accessibility and allowing more people to receive treatment at home. Telemedicine will also allow hospitals to better use their resources.
Improvements in software design are central to delivery of these advances. Developers need more flexible and robust platforms on which to build sophisticated features, such as graphical user interfaces to promote ease of use. Scalability is also growing in importance as vendors seek to extend their product ranges, leveraging existing applications and core competencies.

George Brooks

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