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Vietnam city’s plan for ’smart’ health system

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25-Jun-16 A project to create an intelligent health system for Ho Chi Minh City will be submitted to the People’s Committee in Jul-16. The city Department of Health is working to establish a common data centre for health by 2017. A study at 92 hospitals, 24 preventive health centres and 319 other centres found a shortage of computers at district level. [image: Viet Nam News]

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Wearable devices becoming more popular in Korea

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13-Jun-16 The number of wearable device users in Korea skyrocketed from 50,237 to 510,066 between 2014 and Apr-16. The number is based on SIM cards provided by mobile carriers. Nevertheless, industry insiders point out that the lack of software developers and complicated product certification are still hampering growth of the market. [image: Business Korea]

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New Zealand companies innovating to improve people’s health

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24-Jun-16 New Zealand’s medical device and health IT companies earned an overall turnover of NZD1.3 bn in 2015. Companies reported an average revenue growth of 29% for medical device and 35% for health IT. The sector is developing a vast range of technologies, with most in the lower risk groups for regulatory approval. [image: New Zealand Health IT]

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Public health doctors protest conditions in Mexico

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24-Jun-16 A strike is happening in more than 80 cities in Mexico, with the community health sector seeking to voice the trouble spots of their profession. The Universal Health System, announced in 2013, proposes that the healthcare systems serving government and private employees exchange resources for common diseases. Doctors argue this measure does not account for differences in hospitals and clinics from different affiliations. [image: hipertextual.com]

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End-of-life care in Hong Kong severely lacking

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24-Jun-16 Understaffed and undertrained, Hong Kong’s end-of-life care services struggle to meet the needs of an ageing population, despite government plans to expand the stretched provisions. Hong Kong has only 19 palliative care specialists, and university training has been criticised by experts. [image: South China Morning Post]

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