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Hospitals in India to collaborate for pan India services

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26-Sep-16 Small specialised hospitals in India are planning to collaborate to expand services across the country by pooling medical expertise for maximum efficiency. “We have strong investment backing... We have planned expansion to increase to 1,000-bed facilities, from the current 108-bed hospital in Bangalore,” said Dr Anil Mehta, MD of Bangalore-based Nandana Healthcare. [image: Medical Dialogues]

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Merck’s Keytruda finds fast entry into China via medical tourism

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23-Sep-16 Merck’s immunotherapy cancer drug Keytruda is finding its way into China as the first imported drug approved for use under a pilot program on the resort island of Hainan intended to boost medical tourism. The zone in Boao is likely to attract patients who would otherwise travel to Hong Kong or Macau for drugs yet to be approved in China. [image: Anthony Wallace / AFP / Getty Images]

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Korea's SK to develop AI-based disease diagnosis

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21-Sep-16 SK has signed an MOU with Korea University on the development of the 'Aibril' Infectious Disease AI Diagnosis Service, based on Watson. This will be a world first, as up to now AI-based medical services have been mainly limited to diagnosing cancers. No-one has yet provided AI medical services for infectious diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Cholera. [image: Business Korea]

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Alum's app aspires to become the 'Amazon of healthcare' in Asia

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20-Sep-16 University of Virginia graduate Dato' Chevy Beh envisions his startup, BookDoc, transforming healthcare in Asia. BookDoc offers an app and online platform to identify and get appointments with healthcare providers. A year after its founding, BookDoc has listings in 17 cities across Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong. To reach medical tourists, Beh has developed partnerships with AirAsia and Agoda. [image: UVA Today]

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Mainland prioritises development of elder-friendly wearable devices

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19-Sep-16 With China's demographic shifting towards an ever-higher ratio of citizens aged 60-plus, elder-friendly wearables are seen as a key means of monitoring the health and whereabouts of this affluent, yet vulnerable, sector of contemporary society. In the elderly sector, wearables tend to be either tracking devices or fall alarms. [image: HKTDC Research]

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