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The Mechanics of Computing

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In this short chapter an overview of technology currently in use in health care is discussed. Both hardware and software are explained offering the reader a high level summary of critical components used in conventional computing. Comparisons between computer functionality and human activity such as riding a bike or driving on a motorway are described. Cloud computing is introduced and the example of how mobile technology applications on medication management can be used is illustrated.

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  • Hardware
  • Software
  • ICT
  • Cloud computing
  • Architecture

We don’t know where we get our ideas from. What we do know is that we do not get them from our laptops …. John Cleese

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Henry, C., Hussey, P., Kennedy, M.A. (2015). The Mechanics of Computing. In: Hannah, K., Hussey, P., Kennedy, M., Ball, M. (eds) Introduction to Nursing Informatics. Health Informatics. Springer, London. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4471-2999-8_5

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