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Daniel Kraft – The Future of Medicine: Where Can Technology Take Us? – In a global where smartphone applications, telemedicine, remote monitoring and ingestible sensors allow healthcare providers and sufferers to monitor every heartbeat, symptom or sneeze instantly, it is clear that the future of health information technology is certainly upon us. But where will HIT take us? How do the health care system, including pharmacists, maximize the advantage of the new tools and technologies that are available? In this program, Dr.First-quarter 2014 worldwide sales of $5.2 billion increased 0.5 % on an operational basis and reduced 2.5 % on a reported basis, including an unfavorable 3.0 % effect of foreign exchange. International product sales, which comprise a lot more than 70 % of total Abbott product sales, increased 1.8 % on an operational basis and reduced 2.3 % on a reported basis in the first quarter. The August 2013 sales disruption in International Nourishment and the timing of supply of key items in Established Pharmaceuticals, primarily related to an expected plant shutdown for capacity expansion purposes, are estimated to have reduced Abbott’s international sales growth by approximately 2.6 %age factors.