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Bangkok hospital drives medical tourism

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27-Jan-17 Phyathai 2 International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, is developing a centre of excellence to enhance its medical services and serve a growing number of medical tourists. the hospital is aiming to increase its foreign clientele to 40 to 50 per cent of overall patients. [image: Phyathai Hospital / IHMT]

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Alphabet's Verily gets USD800 mn from Singapore investor

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26-Jan-17 Verily, the Alphabet subsidiary formerly known as Google Life Sciences, has raised USD800 mn in funding from Temasek, the Singapore government investment company. "Proceeds may be used to support our growth in key strategic areas, including potential acquisitions, investment in partnerships and developing new opportunities on a global scale," according to a spokesperson for Verily. [image: Verily]

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Dubai to extend telemedicine across all its health facilities

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23-Jan-17  Following Dubai Health Authority’s Dubai-RoboDoc pilot phase, where RoboDocs had been placed at hospital emergency departments and 24 hour primary healthcare centres, the authority will roll out the initiative across all DHA hospitals, all health centres, as well as some home-care patients, where a nurse will visit them and dial in for tele-consultations if needed. [image: Gulf News]

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India's Practo raises $55m series D led by Tencent

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17-Jan-17 India’s Practo has raised US$55 mn in funding led by China’s Tencent. The funds will be used to foray into health insurance, bundling it with its consumer-facing services. Practo aggregates over 200,000 doctors across 10,000 hospitals, 8,000 diagnostic centers and 4,000 wellness and fitness centers in India, Brazil, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. [image: Tech In Asia]

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Philippines' Globe supports use of ICT to connect with patients

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16-Jan-17 One of the Philippines' Department of Health's initiatives to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an eHealth Strategic Framework, which aims to integrate ICT with healthcare. The SDGs got the support of Globe through a partnership with Salud Interactiva. Globe is offering the KonsultaMD service which provides access to licensed doctors. With 24/7 phone consultation, patients receive medical assessment. [image: Cebu Daily News]

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