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Alibaba launches medical business in China

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12-Nov-14 Alibaba has realised its ambition of expanding into the health sector with the launch of Alibaba Health Information Technology, in Oct-14. The newly formed unit was previously Citic 21CN, a company acquired by Alibaba earlier this year. Its drug coding system is seen as the most important asset for Alibaba. [image: Want China Times]

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Reducing cost of healthcare through innovative technologies in Vietnam

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11-Nov-14 From 2006 to 2020 the Vietnamese government is expected to spend USD1.8 billion on 57 new hospitals, clinics and healthcare centres. Private investors are also building hospitals to help meet rising demand. New technologies are expected to play a significant role in solving the country’s healthcare challenges and controlling costs. [image: Vietnam Investment Review]

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China’s Guangdong Hospitals Network aims for 10,000 access points

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27-Oct-14 The “Online Hospitals Network” in China’s Guangdong Province has been officially launched in the Guangdong No.2 Provincial People’s Hospital, the first to be authorised by the NHFPC to operate as an online hospital. Patients can use connected local treatment centres or pharmacies to receive a video diagnosis. (Article in Mandarin.) [image: Online Journal of Space Communication]

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Philippine startup takes on global radiologist shortage

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08-Nov-14 Radiologists are hard to find in many places, and demographic trends in developing countries are only likely to exacerbate the talent gap. Lifetrack Medical Systems, a digital healthcare startup in the Philippines, wants to improve the situation by providing tele-radiology services that enable remote reading of medical images. [image: Forbes]

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Startups bring healthcare to India’s doorsteps

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04-Nov-14 While home based care for the elderly has been available for years, start-ups are now paving the way to a more specialised home-based care model. Apart from geriatric care, these ventures are providing speciality care integrated with technology and customised packages. [image: Pippa Ranger Department for International Development]

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