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India’s Chief Secretary says expand the telemedicine network

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10-Oct-14 Telemedicine networks are vital for ensuring quality healthcare services can reach people in rural and remote areas. There should be a well-planned approach to make services available to people at the grassroots level, India’s Chief Secretary Gokul Pati has said. (Image: By Intel Free Press via Wikimedia Commons)

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Online medical services gain popularity in China

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07-Oct-14 Online health is shaping up to be a hot new industry in China, as an increasing number of hospitals begin providing cyber services. According to Alibaba, 15 hospitals across China have joined the "Future Hospital" scheme initiated by its online payment platform Alipay. However it does not (yet) link up with China’s health insurance system. (Image: Alipay)

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Healthcare devices get smarter in China

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06-Oct-14 The CEOs of China’s iCareNewLife and Innospring have expressed optimism about smart health monitoring devices, especially in the maternal market, because Chinese parents arewilling to spend on their children's future, starting as early as pregnancy. The key is interaction between patients and machines, for example sharing babies' heartbeats on social media. (Image: Mobisante)

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Korean government selects new investment projects in medtech and biotech

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06-Oct-14 Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) has selected 15 projects for investment including three in medical technology and 12 in the bio-health area. These include mobile heart rate monitoring devices, smart wheelchairs, a method to diagnose Internet and game addiction, and body-friendly bio-implants.

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WeChat follows Alibaba into China's hospital payment market

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03-Sep-14 Hot on the tail of Alibaba's Taobao being accepted for payment in some hospitals in China, Tencent has addressed a major barrier to adoption by allowing patients to pay for hospital services in Guangdong with its WeChat system, and crucially, integrating with the government health insurance system which automatically picks up the eligible portion of the bill. [image: SCMP]

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