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New healthcare big data reforms in China

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30-Aug-16 China’s State Council has declared that healthcare big data is a fundamental, strategic resource. By 2020, it plans to establish and continuously improve the inter-connectivity of Public Health Information Platforms and National Medicine Purchasing Business Platforms, to reduce information barriers thereby boosting sharing and utilisation of healthcare data, and to set up 100 model regional clinical data demonstrators. [image: McKinsey]

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Home monitoring of chronic disease in Australia could save up to AUD3 bn

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30-Aug-16 Australia’s first large-scale trial of telehealth has shown it could save up to AUD3 bn (USD2.3 bn) a year. The research involved trialling telehealth systems with 287 patients over 12 months. It showed savings of 24% to the healthcare system made through falls in the number and cost of GP visits, specialist visits and procedures. [image: CSIRO]

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Government support for Jordan medical tourism

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02-Sep-16 Jordan's government has agreed to recommendations to assist hospitals promoting inbound medical tourism. Recommendations include improving the investment environment, permitting private hospitals to generate alternative energy to reduce costs and seeking approval to allow hospitals to expand to more than eight floors. [image: International Medical Travel Journal]

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Indian orthopedic surgeons take initiative to indigenize knee implants

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29-Aug-16 Leading knee surgeons from across India highlighted the problem that is frequently plaguing knee replacement surgeries, resulting in a team embarking on a one year project for size standardization and identifying methods for producing high quality affordable implants. This is part of the "Made in India" initiative. [image: Sulekha]

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Thailand leverages virtualisation to deliver better healthcare services

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29-Aug-16 VMware, a cloud solutions company, is working alongside Ministry of Public Health Thailand to enable a digitalised healthcare system for the local population. With more than 10,000 health IT units across Thailand's 76 provinces, the ministry said there was a need to consolidate health IT infrastructure, and enable the prompt exchange of information. [image: MIS Asia]

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