The influence of ICT in the educational and health fields is oriented towards the practicality and speed of the processes, through the use of personal computers, mobile applications, audiovisual devices or social networks.
ICT, an acronym for the term Information and Communication Technologies, consists of the implementation of a series of techniques, programs and electronic devices that facilitate the transmission, processing and access to information.
Today, the use of ICT is essential for the development of face-to-face or distance educational programs. In the health sector, these simplify the execution of medical examinations and the delivery of results.
Use of ICT in the education and health sector
The implementation of new technologies has brought about a genuine transformation of society. This covers the educational and health fields.
Next we will see the influence of ICT in each of these sectors:
Influence of ICT in the educational field
1) ICT can reinforce traditional teaching methods, through audiovisual supplements or interactive methods that help to fix knowledge in an entertaining way for students.
2) Distance learning platforms make it possible for students to learn at their own pace. Generally, these virtual teaching aids provide some flexibility in the schedules and frequency of classes.
3) Research is friendlier through the web. Currently it is not necessary to read dozens of physical books in libraries thanks to ICT. Information is one click away.
4) The use of emails, intranet and other communication tools at an educational level, is positively changing the handling of information among students.
Through these platforms, class material can be shared with students in a massive and efficient way.
5) ICTs in the education sector promote green practices. Nowadays, it is preferable to do without printed guides, thanks to the digitization of study materials.
Influence of ICT in the health field
1) ICTs facilitate the administrative processes associated with the medical branch: appointment management, billing, sending results via email, storage of medical records and data processing in general.
2) The use of high-tech equipment in conducting specialized medical examinations. For example, echocardiographs, tomographs or MRIs, facilitate increasingly precise medical diagnoses.
3) Today, there are specialized softwares for handling raw data extracted from diagnostic imaging equipment. Consequently, computers represent a valuable accessory for analyzing medical information.
4) Telemedicine is quite a common practice today. Thanks to the use of technological resources, remote medical consultations are carried out, without the need for physical contact between the doctor and her patient.
5) ICTs also favor research for the discovery of new medical treatments, vaccines and / or the cure of diseases.
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