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Technology and Healthcare

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS

The use of technology in healthcare has been at the heart of what Iforg Limited is all about from the very beginning. Our tagline should therefore come as no surprise. At the outset, I have been fascinated by technology. I posted a few years back how I discovered computers when in my final year at the University of Sunderland. The backspace key fascinated me relative to the now, possibly archaic, correction fluid used in typewriters. In 2002 when I was incorporating the business, I was fascinated by the somewhat acrimonious conversations happening in pharmacy, my profession, about whether people should be able to buy medications via online pharmacies. As a young pharmacist then, I was surprised because I could see that many other businesses where embracing this technology. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) reported that this Christmas, online sales of non-food products in the UK grew 19.2% in December versus a year earlier, the highest growth in four years. The online penetration rate achieved 18.6% in December. The key point here is that we must engage constructively with technology if we are to maximise its benefits.

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