Experts say that health information technology is important to global health

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Experts recently announced at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting that the use of health information technology (HIT) may improve global health, Healthcare IT News reports.

They added that information technology can help many of the challenges facing the global arena. For instance, some countries do not have the means to accurately report statistics and there is only a one-way flow of information.

Furthermore, IT can help convert paper record-keeping to the electronic medium, which can aid in helping overseas medical centers keep files organize and accurate.

Experts told the news source that software to help with disaster risk management is currently being developed, which can identify health emergencies and how to respond to them.

Moreover, they highlighted the current crises across the world and how HIT could help. First, 1,000 women die each day in pregnancy or childbirth. Meanwhile, 925 million people around the world are malnourished. Experts urged healthcare providers to think of poverty reduction, human rights and local context in terms of using and experiencing the benefit of HIT systems.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities in the health information management field are expected to increase by 20 percent by 2018.