IT is the future for healthcare


Experts in healthcare IT from around the world have said that a greater amount of attention needs to be paid to the role of technology in the treatment of patients, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Speaking at the opening of the QIT centre in Pittsburgh on Wednesday (December 5th), deputy director of the Office of the National Co-ordinator for Health Information Technology, Jason Kunzman, said that healthcare IT is "here to stay".

Mr Kunzman's view was backed up by leading expert on clinical quality improvement Ran Balicer, who spoke at the event via video link from Israel to say that IT and data are becoming increasingly crucial in the monitoring of patients and early detection of medical conditions before they develop into major health issues.

QIT – which takes its name from the terms "quality" and "information technology" – has been set up to educate health professionals on the use of cutting edge technologies within the industry.