We all know the goals of healthcare technology are to improve quality of life, reduce costs, protect sensitive data, eliminate redundancies and increase efficiency. But as healthcare technology evolves, studies on health IT reveal it's also increasing global life expectancy - and actually saving lives.
Between 1990 and 2013, global life expectancy increased by about 5.8 years in men and 6.8 years in women, which a study published in the National Academy of Sciences attributes to medical technology improvements, improved nutrition, higher education and improvements to the overall standards of living.
Thanks to technology advances, cancer death rates have also declined over the past 20 years, and stem cell technology advances may prevent or cure a multitude of diseases in the future. The infographic below from Mission Safety Services outlines all the ways health IT is saving lives - and may save more.