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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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More Singaporean women freezing their eggs overseas

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18-Sep-16 A growing number of Singaporean women are heading to Malaysia, Thailand and Australia to preserve their fertility, in the hope of having children when they finally marry Mr Right. These women - professionals in their mid-30s to early 40s - are getting their eggs frozen abroad as the procedure is not allowed in Singapore, except on medical grounds. [image: ST Illustration / Adam Lee]

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Proposed cure for Hong Kong’s health system will not give hospitals the lifeline they need

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17-Sep-16 Experts warn that plans to address the manpower shortage plaguing Hong Kong’s health system are unlikely to ease the pressure. In recent years, public hospitals have faced a shortage of about 300 doctors, leading to spikes in waiting times and a system stretched to breaking point. Some patients seeking an  orthopaedics consultation must wait over three years. [image: South China Morning Post]

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New social media rules in Singapore medical ethics code

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15-Sep-16 New guidelines on social media use for medical professionals are part of the updated Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines released by the Singapore Medical Council on 14-Sep-16. The changes were made to keep up with a "more complex" medical practice, due to factors such as advanced technology, innovative communication, new modes of treatment and changing expectations of patients. [image: Reuters]

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