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¨By enhancing our physical and mental capabilities, the ICT are also contributing to social development by facilitating the rapid evolution of knowledge and the emergence of new values.¨

María Teresa Arredondo

María Teresa Arredondo

Nowadays, the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are more present than ever before in our everyday life and in the constantly evolving technological culture that we live in. Hence, by enhancing our physical and mental capabilities, the ICT are also contributing to social development by facilitating the rapid evolution of knowledge and the emergence of new values.

This causes a non-stop transformation of our economic, social and cultural structures, influencing almost every aspect of our lives: access to the labor market, health, bureaucratic management, economic management, industrial design and art,
communication, information, the quality of life, education, etc. even the way we think and relate to each other.

In the health sector, the ICT and their application are considered a potential response to the ever growing demand of a modern society for a better health care system and better medical procedures to improve quality of life. Granted all this and despite the advantages provided by the ICT, there are circumstances that hinder their wider dissemination, among them can be found:

• Lack of education: practical and theoretical knowledge, helpful attitudes, etc.
• Economic limitations: many of these technologies are still unaffordable.
• Cultural barriers: Most of the technological information currently available exists only in English, a language not yet accessible to a large group of the population.