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India begins to offer accreditation to medical tourism facilitators

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22-Mar-17 The Indian National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) has issued new rules for the accreditation of medical tourism agents and has begun to certify some of the hundreds of medical tourism agents currently operating in India. The accreditation is currently voluntary and is valid for two years at a time. [image: IMTJ]

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Olympus Korea offers integration of surgical systems at hospitals

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21-Mar-17 Olympus has launched a surgical system integration solution Endoalpha, designed to improve work efficiency of endoscopy units and operating rooms inside hospitals in South Korea. Endoalpha allows doctors and medical staff to control the main endoscopic device and supporting medical equipment such as the surgical lights and bed, on a single touch panel. [image: Olympus Korea]

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Israeli ophthalmic device company EyeYon Medical raises USD6.5 mn

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21-Mar-17 Israel's EyeYon Medical has raised USD6.5 mn to develop, test, and seek regulatory approval for its two main solutions: EndoArt, an artificial endothelial layer which can replace the need for cadaver based implants, and Hyper CLTM, a therapeutic soft contact lens. The investment was led by China-based VC Rimonci Capital and Gauss Group, with existing investors Triventures and Pontifax. [image: Globes]

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Philippines pushes for adoption of ICT-based healthcare solutions

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21-Mar-17 The National Telehealth Center (NTHC) in the Philippines is tasked with pushing adoption of ICT, including EMR, in the 2,500 government-funded health facilities. Around 1,000 of them are using EMR and the NTHC is partnering with government and non-government institutions in many areas of eHealth to push for deployment of EMR and other solution throughout the Philippines. [image: NTHC]

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New smartphone app is able to detect Zika virus in 30 minutes

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21-Mar-17 Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in the US have developed a smartphone-controlled, battery-operated, diagnostic device for the detection of Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. The new device eliminates the need for laboratory testing and reduces wait times from several days, to around 30 minutes and would cost in the region of USD100. [image: ET Healthworld]

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