It is no surprise that our world is changing at a rate never before seen in human history. Our reliance on technology and the impact it has on our lives have led to a duality that equals both a burden and a freedom. From our mobile devices, to our television screens, to our social lives, and of course to work—the amount of data we feed and consume from the global machine is staggering.

With all this, we now add to the mix our own health: how we care for ourselves and others. The impact of data within the healthcare industry has again brought us to a new level of dependence and freedom in a simultaneous fashion.

Political views aside, the impact of the Affordable Care Act on U.S. citizens represents millions of new files, accounts, claims, and more—all of which falls directly on the shoulders of the IT department.

Couple that with our new dependence on mobile communications: our doctors’ visits now done via video conference all while real-time data is fed from patient to medical staff, giving insight into a patient’s wellbeing and medical status. That data is not to be taken lightly, not only for its content, but also for the amount of data collectively that again must be managed by global IT infrastructures.

It is for this reason that we bring you our healthcare issue of DirectionIT Magazine—to give you insight into leading-edge technology, how medical and insurance data affects our lives, and the companies and institutions that manage it, and what our future holds as we look forward to a brave new data-filled world.

We hope you enjoy this issue.

Allan Zander