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As more knowledge from research is placed directly into machine-readable formats, opportunities will expand for “automated learning” in which AI systems generate hypotheses and, where possible, test them against appropriate data. These systems will be xliv usable by consumers/patients in their own language, and by 2015, these systems will be culturally and ethnically sensitive in how they operate, present information and support health behavior and decisionmaking (HIS2015, 2006). Imaging Technologies For the storage of medical information, Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) have been developed to address some of the accessibility issues and e-networking requirements for the exchange of medical imaging data.

By the early 1980s, computer miniaturization and cost reduction combined with increases in processing power resulted in a dramatic move away from massive health data processing using mainframe or minicomputers to new and more efficient forms of health management information systems, office automation, and networking technologies. Nowadays, it is hard to imagine healthcare without Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The healthcare industry now relies on data and information for every facet of its delivery.

Some of the concepts and terminologies related to HIS are as follows. • • Health/Medical Informatics and Telemetics. Health informatics (Conrick, 2006) is the field that concerns itself with the cognitive, information processing, and communication tasks of medical practice, education, and research including the information science and technology to support those tasks. It deals with the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize acquisition, storage, and retrieval. Health informatics tools include computers as well as clinical guidelines, formal medical terminologies, and information and communication systems.

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