Wireless Apps and Cloud Computing: The Future of Health Care?
The fast-paced world of medicine is in the midst of a staggering shift in information technology practices. More than 10,000 mobile health applications are already available and about 72% of physicians are using a smartphone. The key areas of interest center around imaging, monitoring, and reference, all of which require highly detailed and interactive software solutions.
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