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Canberra Hospital emergency department overhauled

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11-May-16 The ACT Government has introduced a number of reforms to Canberra Hospital's emergency department in a bid to increase its efficiency and reduce wait times. The Government has outlined six projects to improve the department, including new specialised staff positions to streamline work flow, a medical engagement strategy, and a committee to identify and manage long-stay patients. [image: ABC News / Penny Travers]

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5 ways IoT will revamp Indian healthcare industry

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11-May-16 18% of global deaths and 20% of loss of disability-adjusted life years occur in India. Amidst these challenges, adoption of technology offers some hope. Telemedicine was a stepping stone and now adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) will help provide universal access to healthcare in rural and semi-urban India, medical facilities for the poor and development of preventive self-care. [image: BW CIOWorld]

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Medical devices clock 27% growth in patent volume, led by Japan

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11-May-16 Japan is home to four of the world’s top 10 innovative medical device companies, including the world leader Olympus, according to the 2016 State of Innovation Report. China, Korea, Europe and the US are also listed in the global top 10. The medical devices sector clocked 27% growth in year-on-year patent volume in 2015, followed by pharmaceuticals at 4%. [image: Mestec]

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After the vaccine scandal, now a cancer treatment scandal in China

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08-May-16 Many Chinese hospitals are exploiting cancer patients by charging them for unproven treatments. Many of these hospitals are linked to the military and are thus out of the usual health department jurisdiction. The Chinese central government has declared that the PLA will have to completely divest itself of commercial ventures such as its hospitals. [image: Chinese Medical News]

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'Barefoot doctors' control 80% of China's private hospitals

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08-May-16 It all started when “doctors” with no proper medical training from Putian in Fujian posted ads offering to treat venereal diseases. Three decades later, the Putian natives control more than 80% of China's private hospitals, and have close ties with military medical centres. They are now alleged to have provided unsuccessful cancer treatment to Wei Zexi, who died in Apr-16. [image: Reuters / China Daily]

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