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NBN releases telehealth report in Australia

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21-Mar-16 The company rolling out the National Broadband Network (NBN) across Australia has released a research paper on e-health, spruiking the benefits of monitoring health and telehealth with doctors. 50% of respondents use telehealth for its convenience; 34% for better managing their health; and 21% in place of going to a doctor when they are unable to get an appointment. [image: NBN]

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As Nokia rebounds from mobile phones, it sets its sights on digital health

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21-Mar-16 Last week, Nokia Technology President Ramzi Haidamus told Fortune he had an eye on digital health. The company has experimented with bundling their phones with connected health products, including Fitbit devices and a Polar heart rate strap, and has invested in mobile health via the Vision+ fund and its own venture arm. [image: Mobi Health News]

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J&J to boost medtech in emerging markets

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21-Mar-16 Johnson & Johnson has seen the profitability of its consumer and medical device sectors flag in recent years, prompting activist investor Artisan to put pressure on the firm. The company’s executives recently shared their vision for growing its medical device business with a six-pronged plan that includes boosting its consumer medical devices business and expanding into emerging markets. [image: Johnson & Johnson]

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Hong Kong hospitals drop plan for nurses to provide repeat prescriptions

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18-Mar-16 Overcrowded public hospitals in Hong Kong have dropped the idea of asking nurses to prescribe medicine to stable patients due to the objection of medical staff. The overall occupancy of medical inpatient beds has dropped to 104% from a peak of 130% in some major hospitals, but some temporary beds are still required in wards or along corridors. [image: Sam Tsang / SCMP]

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