This is a text written by Jon Berg <jon.berg|a|turtlemeat.com> spring 2005 in the Computer Science course Medical Informatics at Tromsø University, Norway.
Current and future possibilities of Medical Informatics
We have seen that the field of medical informatics have matured some, but it is still a fairly young field. There are still many issues that need to be solved. The problems will most likely be solved in time. When looking aside from the problems it is clear the computer technology can bring a the field of medicine to new levels in terms of making the health care sector more effective. New technology can also bring new possibilities in to the actual caring of patients with better tools for monitoring, diagnostics and imaging. Medical informatics also brings new possibilities for research and helping new progress in developing new methods for curing diseases. Extended use of digital storage of data from examination and treatment makes it possible to pool data and use it as a valuable resource for research. Computer systems are a vital part of bioinformatics and bioinformatics have a great potential to give medical research new insight. The breakthroughs in the field have been partly technology driven. The increase in capacity and more reasonable prices have made it possible to realize the systems that are currently in use. This trend is likely to continue and bring new possibilities for the medical informatics field.
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