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Digitalisation and Smart Financing key to sustainable growth in healthcare

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24-Feb-16 Siemens has released a new report based on research with healthcare providers across 13 countries including India, China, Poland, Russia and Turkey, which revealed four common pressures: demographic change; shifting patient expectations; requirement to reform; and the rising tide of healthcare technology. Digitalisation and smart financing have been recognised as the ultimate remedy for the increasing pressures on healthcare. [image: SFS]

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Health care at your fingertips in China

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22-Feb-16 For many Chinese mHealth means not only being more aware of their health, but avoiding time-consuming waits in long hospital queues. These changes also hold the promise of changing the healthcare system to one that favors long-term community-based care, says a report by the China Center for mHealth Innovation. However, mhealth in China needs to achieve much more before the status quo is upended. Many apps are simply copycats out to make a quick buck and a consistent set of legal frameworks is yet to be developed. [image: China Daily]

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Vietnam's health sector to invest big in IT

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22-Feb-16 The healthcare sector is expected to invest VND1.8 tn (USD81 mn) in IT in 2016-20, according to a plan approved by the Ministry of Health. There will be 33 IT projects in the next five years, including building a database on human resources, constructing infrastructure for the ministry’s data center, and developing an integrated information system for the ministry’s leadership. [image: Le Toan / Vietnam Investment Review]

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Iran, Russia sign three medical MOUs

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21-Feb-16 Iran and Russia have inked three memoranda of understanding to boost medical cooperation, ranging from exchanging knowledge and technology to importing and exporting medications. Iranian pharma companies are eager to export their products to Russia and Russian officials are optimistic. [image: Tehran Times]

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Chinese hospitals to require advance bookings

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19-Feb-16 Non-emergency patients will soon have to make advance appointments to attend 22 major hospitals under the Beijing Municipal Commission of Health & Family Planning. The hospitals will stop issuing registration tickets on arrival and patients will have to make appointments online, by phone or at ticket machines in the hospitals. The measure is hoped to reduce excessive crowds. [image: Xinhua]

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