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Singapore's hospitals turn to robots for healthcare assistance

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23-Jul-15 With Singapore's ageing population there will be more seniors needing care, but not enough carers. This is why hospitals are turning to robots. A robot can help recovering patients exercise; another can keep dementia patients occupied. The idea is to "take the manual out of healthcare", said Ms Selina Seah, director of the Centre for Healthcare Assitive & Robotics Technology. [image: Straits Times]

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Australian mobile app uses sound to diagnose respiratory conditions

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22-Jul-15 A mobile application developed by the University of Queensland that uses sound alone to diagnose respiratory conditions such as pneumonia and asthma has recently been commercialised by spin-off company ResApp, which was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in Jul-15. The new diagnostic tool will allow doctors to diagnose and monitor respiratory diseases via a smartphone application. [image: Medical Press]

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No more needles - new Japanese vaccination technology

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21-Jul-15 Vaccination no longer has to be a painful process, as researchers from Japan's Osaka University have developed a new technique that can deliver vaccines without needles. Through this technology, vaccines are delivered simply by laying a tiny patch onto a person's finger, before it dissolves into their skin. [image: BioSpectrum]

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Telstra goes live with 'doc around the clock'

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02-Jul-15 Telstra Health has gone live with its ReadyCare telemedicine service, offering phone and video consultations with Australian GPs 24 hours a day. A JV with Swiss telemedicine provider Medgate, ReadyCare is initially targeted at health funds, mining companies, state governments and corporates. It has signed its first big contract with travel insurance firm Cover-More, which handles 35,000 medical episodes annually. [image: Gettty Images]

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mHealth information for all: a global challenge

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15-Jul-15 A survey of 1,700 mHealth projects shows that none provide actionable, offline guidance for the user addressing acute situations in low-resource settings. The opportunity for mHealth is constrained by three challenges: Lack of smartphones; shortage of appropriate content; and getting content onto devices. Collaboration between content providers, phone manufacturers, network operators, application developers and international health organisations is needed. [image: United Nations Foundation]

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