With the push for electronic medical records in the medical billing and coding industry, and the increasingly computerized nature of the field, more and more billers and coders are finding that they do not have the computer and Internet skills to keep up in the industry. The ever-changing and rapidly growing entity known as the Internet is already a major part of society, and it is likely going to dictate the future of not just medical billing and coding, but almost every industry in the world. The first step to understanding the Internet and how it can impact medical billing and coding is to explore some facts about this vast information monolith
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The Internet in 2020- Predictions We Can Count On
More People Will Use the Internet
In 2010, there are 1.8 billion Internet users and a world population of 6.7 billion. In 2020, it is estimated that there will be five billion Internet users.
The Internet Will be More Geographically Dispersed
The estimated world population in 2009 was 6,767,805,208. The estimated number of Internet users on December 2000 was 360,985,492. The latest data shows the current number of Internet users at 1,802,330,457. The penetration of the Internet into the population is 26.6 percent. The growth of Internet users from 2000 to 2009 was 399.3 percent.
International Internet Plan
The top 10 languages used on the Internet include the most popular Internet language-English, with 478 million users. Chinese is the second most common Internet language, with 384 million users. Spanish is the third most common Internet language, with 137 million users. Japanese is number four, with 96 million users. French is number five with 79 million Internet users using it. Portuguese is number six with 73 million users. German is number seven with 65 million users. Arabic is number eight with 50 million Internet users using it online. Russian is number nine with 45 million Internet users using it. Korean is number 10 with 37 million Internet users.
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