Due to an ageing population and increased prevalence of chronic diseases, there is a rising demand for health and social services. Expectations of citizens who want the best care available is increasing, as is the necessity to respond to emerging disease risks, the need to manage huge amounts of health information in a secure manner and the need to improve the prediction and safety through simulation environments.
The health sector is clearly an information intensive sector which increasingly depends on information and communication technologies.
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