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2015 newsletter archive  

 22-Dec-15 12 notable Medtech growth markets stories from 2015, month-by-month - Chinese consumers spend USD10 bn on health on Alibaba - Making healthcare accessible in Singapore - China's reforms will hurt US manufacturers - eClinicalWorks to invest USD30 mn in India - Ovitz to campaign for eye disease prevention in developing countries - Tunstall wraps update of Find-Me Watch in Australasia - Seven charts show India healthcare needs an overhaul - Japan finances USD104 mn to help Vietnam build 10 hospitals - AstraZeneca investing USD800 mn to go local in China - Parkway plans big India push - AMA, insurers dig in for private health battle in Australia - World’s first dengue vaccine approved in Mexico

 8-Dec-15 OECD says Australia healthcare lags in data and technology - Indonesia’s Lippo group ventures into online healthcare - Practo launches customized app for specialist doctors - Vietnam launches online drug registration services - University of Technology Sydney set to shine in digital health - Brazil medical equipment consumption down 4% - India and the UK establish strategic partnership in healthcare - Impact of the changes to China's One Child Policy - Indonesia to boost skills of primary care physicians - Malaysia reaches out to GCC health tourists with halal treatment - India looks to improve African health - Foreign pharma faces tough choices in Russia

 24-Nov-15 China’s private hospital sector believes in Digital Health - Tunstall and other UK firms eye elderly care in China - China's Sinocare to buy Nipro Diagnostics - AIA, Konica Minolta launch digital health accelerator in Singapore - India’s first dedicated Medical Device Park - A*Star-NUS centre for research imaging opens in Singapore - New course trains Russian doctors in telemedicine - Ramsay in China hospitals deal - Dubai firm banks on Philippines healthcare industry - Hypertension the most common diagnosis in India - Communist Party vows to build a "healthy China" - Novartis to promote clinical research in Mexico - GSK to launch two R&D centres in São Paulo

 10-Nov-15 GE to pump up to USD1 bn into Indonesia - Zimmer Biomet achieving synergies and rapid sales in Asia-Pacific - Validic grows internationally, enhances mHealth offering - Indian healthcare platform Practo enters Malaysia - Taiwan medical equipment output could hit USD6 bn by 2020 - Portal gives Singaporeans access to health records - Abraaj creates largest private diagnostic imaging network in Morocco - Hanmi Pharmaceutical signs Sanofi diabetes mega deal - IHH Healthcare to open USD93 mn hospital in Malaysia - China launches pilot scheme to ease drug approvals - Philips cardiac care clinics set up in Manipal - Patients insecure about province- and district-level hospitals in Vietnam - Chinese group Fosun expands health business in Portugal

 27-Oct-15 Emerging markets still a good bet, Abbott - Telstra Health to buy EOS Technologies - Vetter announces office in Japan - Indian drug retailers protest against e-pharmacies - Ho Chi Minh City digitizes 2,400 treatment regimens - Telehealth helps spread Singapore medical net - UK and China agree GBP2 bn healthcare deals - New plan on fertility and aging for Korea - Thonburi Group makes China deals - Experts say Chinese government's county-level hospital reforms seriously underfunded - Philippines' Medical City establishes presence in UAE - AstraZeneca opens new manufacturing facility to support continued growth in Russia

 13-Oct-15 India plans medical device parks to boost sector - Queensland sees increase in outpatient Telehealth - Technology to benefit Singapore seniors - Philips in India digital healthcare push - Mexico is the best medical device manufacturing hub - Siemens Healthcare aims for leadership in China - Singapore's Fullerton deploys Microsoft cloud - The new wave in Chinese medical tourism - Primary care access, affordability central to Australia's health reforms - China to spend USD1.5b on hospital reform in 2016 - Turkish health sector hopes to attract 2 million medical tourists - China to build 100 hospitals, clinics in Africa - Apollo Hospitals beds set to cross 10,000 

 29-Sep-15 GE Healthcare announces USD300m to support Emerging Market health - Australian healthcare firms eye Asia for growth - How smartphones fill the healthcare gap in Myanmar - Philippines targets USD10b market for healthcare IT services - Compumedics builds booming Asian portfolio - Japan establishes cardiac imaging training centre in Russia - Indian telemedicine transforms patient evaluation & diagnostics - Yangon Declaration signed for ASEAN medical partnership - Hamstrung by red tape, hospital operators buy their way into India - Singapore's Rowsley to convert Iskandar project into healthcare hub - Olympus Capital invests USD40m in China's Tendcare - Brazilian government to reduce healthcare spending to break budget deficit - China’s State Council instructs on stratified healthcare system

 15-Sep-15 Elsevier study reveals challenges in finding trusted clinical content online - CFDA approves the use of 3D printed hip implants - Mobile health technologies: Hype or hope for developing countries? - Practo looking at Indonesian healthcare market - Philippines healthcare BPO eyes USD5.9 bn in 2020 - Taiwan well-poised for healthcare in IoT: Google - India's industry leaders call on government to empower domestic medical devices - India's Apollo to open Cambodia office - Japan seeks more Vietnamese nurses, orderlies for ageing population - Patients wait up to 24 months for new drugs to be approved in Hong Kong - Struggles ahead in China for pharma companies - Dr Reddy’s to move beyond drugs with VC arm - Agility opens pharmaceutical competence centre in Brazil

 1-Sep-15 Reaching rural med tech markets in India - Getting Indonesia's Puskesmas online - Foreign investors hampered in China's med tech sector - Telemedicine boost across India - Telstra Health expands presence in Asia - ResMed to acquire China's Curative Medica - New stats reveal 50% of Australians battling chronic disease - Philippines strengthens universal healthcare - Treatment quality in Vietnam to improve after service hike - Asian American buys stake in China's Rich Tree Land - India's concerted healthcare push - Faster approval for foreign drugs in China

 18-Aug-15 How Big Data can make people healthier in emerging markets - mHealth information for all: a global challenge - Indian startup aims to make e-health records available to patients - How hospitals are getting smarter - Philippines' Globe taps tech for telemedicine consultations - Taiwan cancer clinic develops fully electronic radiation process - Abraaj Group invests in Turkey - China's medical insurance cover to be widened - Doctors, dentists find private path healthier in China - China's much-hyped healthcare reform drive stuck in first gear - Health spending below target in Philippines - KPJ Healthcare to spend on 10 new hospitals in Malaysia - Parkway buys majority stake in India’s Global Hospitals

 21-Jul-15 Malaysia, the ASEAN medical device manufacturing hub? - Chinese companies to invest USD1 bn in med tech in India - Telstra goes live with 'doc around the clock' - Orion Health expands in Southeast Asia - Konica Minolta acquires X-ray company Sawae in Brazil - IBM's Watson learning Arabic in move to Middle East - Bigger may not be better for China's "super hospitals" - Japan looking at ways to improve healthcare effectiveness - Indonesia's Siloam to acquire two hospitals and build ten - Columbia Pacific Management enters Shanghai hospital market - IHH gets license to set up Shanghai joint venture - 39 more drugs come under price control in India

 7-Jul-15 Online services launched for medtech importers in Vietnam - Hong Kong hospitals must fast-track e-prescription - Taiwan promotes medtech cooperation with foreign corporations - Philippines tests health app for remote islands - Sarawak's rural e-Health system to be expanded to Peninsular Malaysia - DKSH and Omron extend regional partnership across South East Asia - World's biggest healthcare facility financed in Turkey - China-Australia FTA opens up investor access - USD420m for 20 hospital network in Myanmar - China pushes traditional Chinese medicine abroad - Malaysia's medical tourism to bring in USD264m in 2015 - Vietnam's health insurance coverage up, but targets difficult

 23-Jun-15 Medical devices to be price controlled in India - Telemedicine becoming a hot issue in MERS-stricken Korea - Alibaba tightens grip on Chinese healthcare via Wandong investment - The doctor will not see you now - Singapore pioneering telemedicine - Imported medical devices worth over USD10 billion in Latin America - Russia masterminds an International Medical Cluster - Quadria Capital raises $412m for Asia healthcare fund - Prices of medical services hiked in Vietnam - Indonesia to accredit more hospitals - China grows obese amid changing diet - Thailand's health tourism keeps growing - Merck flaunts Russian expansion

 9-Jun-15 Medtronic on hunt for deals in China - Peking University establishes national medical data center - New knee replacement technology unveiled by Apollo - M-health monitoring to be piloted in Singapore - EMRs still difficult to use but becoming more routine, Australian doctors say - New mHealth system to help Cambodia’s HIV fight - China hikes registration fees for drugs, medical devices - Medical tours emerge as growth engine for Korea - China’s rising cancer rates a boon for foreign hospitals - India's home healthcare on the rise - Thailand's Thonburi Hospital Group to buy six hospitals - Ramsay Health Care in Western China hospital joint venture

 26-May-15 Shanghai Pharma teams up with JD.com to sell drugs online - Samsung to strengthen fitness app S Health - India okays plan to monitor medical device safety - Vietnam's hospital networks to be linked - Australia to boost its engagement in China's health sector - Fujitsu develops sound system to monitor elderly living alone - Korean medical equipment makers putting up good show abroad - The hidden potential of Latin America’s hospitals - Plan to scrap drug mark-up in China's county hospitals may impact quality - Taiwan's healthcare success story - Price fix bid irks Thailand's private hospitals - Malaysia to get more doctors over the next five years - Foreign players can now invest in Punjab’s health sector

 12-May-15 Device companies launch Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association - Telstra Health shows its hand - Singapore, Korea tie up to train medical technologies talent - Taiwan’s Apex Medical forays into Indian healthcare market - mClinica enters the doctor’s office with strategic investment in Medix - Singapore's ICU data to be standardised with new registry - Contactless smart cards mean safer medical centres in Australia - Nine healthcare developments to watch in Latin America - China lifts price control on most medicines - Indonesia's Jokowi pushes hospitals to treat poor patients - Billions of investment dollars to flow into Turkey’s city hospitals - China's premier urges more medical reforms

 28-Apr-15 China to streamline imports of US medical devices - Singapore telehealth pilot shows potential to cut heart patient readmissions by 60% - China’s medical tech firms see innovation necessary - Mumbai's healthcare set-up to go paperless - The online consultations that could ease pressure on China's hospitals - Brazil improves health data interoperability - This $4.5 trillion problem could rattle Indonesia - Public hospitals failing surgery and emergency targets in Australia's Northern Territory - India plans two national centres for the elderly - USD274 million to build second oncology hospital in HCMC - Malaysia honoured as best medical travel destination

 14-Apr-15 Why Big Data is the booster shot India's healthcare industry needs - Pakistan introduces new Medical Devices Rules - Abbott India launches flash glucose monitoring system - Telus remote monitoring system installed in Australia - GE Healthcare designs, builds CT system in India - New 'golden age' expected as China finalises regulations for drugs sold online - Turkey's private hospital sector growing rapidly - Korean medical institutions investing more overseas - China to double doctor numbers to cure healthcare woes - Significant rise in health expenditure urgently required, says India's president - Pfizer to stop selling vaccines in China

 31-Mar-15 China's first cloud hospital founded in Ningbo - Indian team close to developing a 'tricorder' to monitor and diagnose health conditions - China's medical equipment specialists too busy to innovate - Outdated IT putting Australia's sick at risk - Institute in Korea makes platform that integrates mobile and healthcare - IT is having a major impact on Indian pharma industry - Consolidation of pharmacy retailing in Latin America to generate investment opportunities - Vietnam's PM removes barriers to private hospital development - ASEAN imposes tighter medicine and pharmaceutical management - Revising India's national essential medicines list - Hospitals in Indonesia to see brighter business outlook - Healthcare workers in Russia threaten to hunger-strike

 17-Mar-15 Emerging market medical education goes digital - Wearable technology transit cards on Beijing metro - Chronic disease self-management is the norm in China - India's Medyog web start-up bridges doctor-patient gap - Samsung launches R&D center in Turkey - Colombia to regularise prices of medical devices - HK govt increases budget allocation for healthcare - Helping Myanmar Advance towards Universal Health Coverage - Vietnam: Gov't plans to extend health cover to 75% - Middle East welcomes Korean doctors, medicine - China drug approval backlog jumps by a third - Singapore to be GSK’s base for growth in Asia

 3-Mar-15 China unveils plans for national telemedicine network - China Jo-Jo joins Alibaba Health e-prescription platform - Taiwan’s Pingtung Christian Hospital takes health app to South Africa - Russia squeezes foreign med tech in state tenders - Medtronic aims to be on the speed dial of the president of Brazil - Telstra's investment in e-health tops AUD100 mn - Antibiotic resistance in Cambodia sparks new health policy - China anti-corruption effort focuses on major medical institutions - Metro Pacific to buy 12 hospitals in Philippines - Indonesia’s plan for a healthcare growth spurt - Ageing China draws investors to its "hot" healthcare sector

3-Feb-15 India’s medical electronics market to hit USD12 billion by 2017 - Dubai adopts smart total solutions - Philips introduces Connected Health solutions at Arab Health - Medical equipment companies face distribution challenge in India - New hospital bed technology in Singapore helps prevent bedsores - India still lacks reliable basic healthcare data - China's FDA will allow online drug sales soon - Chinese pharma growth slowed again in 2014 but still impressive - Turkey pushes for higher foreign patient numbers - Rising healthcare demand in Vietnam set to tax health sector - Jakarta to build cancer hospital and develop palliative care - The Global Fund in China: success beyond the numbers

 20-Jan-15 Could mHealth strategies help control Ebola? - India’s medical devices sector opens up to 100% foreign investment - Internet of Things poised to transform healthcare in Malaysia - IT identified as a key to improving health services in Vietnam - Healthcare becomes a growth engine for SK Telecom - India’s vanishing clinicians: is technology a panacea? - Doubts about the future of universal healthcare in Indonesia - Healthcare spending and life expectancy still low in Mexico - Korea’s pharma industry hails new golden age - China’s physicians encouraged to take up second jobs - World Bank supports Turkey’s plan to expand public health - China’s healthcare economy should continue to prosper in 2015

 6-Jan-15 12 notable Medtech & Healthcare growth markets stories from 2014, month-by-month -  Health monitoring technology seen as most important future innovation - Hony, Goldman lead USD610 million investment in China’s Neusoft - NFC enabled smart band to increase safety for Alzheimers sufferers in Taiwan - India to be manufacturing hub for Siemens medical technology - Mobile phone microscope being tested in India, Vietnam and Nepal - China healthcare draws investors - Plans for free primary healthcare for all in India - Obesity responsible for increasing chronic disease deaths in Latin America - IFC invests USD255 million in Rede D’Or to expand access to healthcare services in Brazil - Korea to increase investment in overseas hospitals in 2015

 9-Dec-14 Most Asia-Pacific countries need to improve affordable access to healthcare, says OECD - Rising demand for Taiwan-made medical equipment and technology - Lifetech becomes first Chinese brand to enter mainstream Western medical device sales channel - GE Healthcare to open technology and training lab in Turkey - Shandong chooses Barco for China’s largest telemedicine network - Singapore’s RingMD launches global telemedicine app - Saudi Arabia liberalises healthcare sector investment rules - China to scrap drug price caps in 2015 - Healthcare reform brings Russian protesters to the streets - Five companies develop over 50% of pharma products for developing countries - India “too reliant” on Chinese drug imports

 25-Nov-14 Latin America shifts from newborns to elderly care - This affordable telemedicine diagnostic machine could disrupt healthcare in India - China is getting an mHealth innovation center - Alibaba launches medical business in China - Singapore’s digital healthcare industry makes it the Boston of Asia - Taiwan to cultivate world-class medical equipment firms - Philippine startup takes on global radiologist shortage - Traditional Chinese Medicine to play bigger role in healthcare reform - Now is the right time to invest in healthcare technology in the Arabian Gulf - World's top drug-maker Novartis takes aim at tech - Reducing cost of healthcare through innovative technologies in Vietnam

 11-Nov-14 GGM whitepaper: China healthcare market opportunities - Korean research team develops microscopic surgery robot - Startups bring healthcare to India’s doorsteps - Globe Telecom funds mClinica mobile health in Philippines - China’s medtech sector to see robust growth - Robot hospital beds in Singapore easier to move about - Malaysia moves towards better healthcare with nanotech - Qatar awards USD300 mn healthcare projects - Turkey builds hospital mega-complex - More Russian tourists visiting health resorts in Belarus - Great leap forward for Life Satisfaction in China, Indonesia - Malaysia continues to promote healthcare tourism - Needless end of life suffering in Mexico

 28-Oct-14 GGM whitepaper: China healthcare market opportunities -  UK and Singapore universities partner to develop smart sensor healthcare technology - Health data to be available across government hospitals in India - Chinese companies in late push into wearables - Latin America fuels growth for medical device companies - China sees tech cure for healthcare woes - More measures expected in China’s healthcare reform - Boost for traditional Thai medical services and herbs - Vietnam preps for medical makeover

 14-Oct-14 Digital Health Technologies Impacting Asia - Toshiba to invest USD1 billion in Southeast Asia - Korean medical equipment manufacturers under heavy pressure - WeChat follows Alibaba into China's hospital payment market - India’s Chief Secretary says expand the telemedicine network - Turkey's pharma market is ripe for profit - Lack of doctors in China hampers reform - Opportunities for healthcare with 150m more over-40s in China's cities by 2024