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Indian hospitals offer intensive care from afar

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07-Feb-16 India's top private hospitals, seizing on a shortage of critical-care doctors, are expanding into the remote management of intensive care units around the country, and in neighbouring Bangladesh. Data from the Indian Medical Association show the country needs more than 50,000 critical care specialists, but has just 8,350. [image: Thomson Reuters]

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EsSalud to roll out digital medical records in Peru

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09-Feb-16 The Peruvian national health service is set to install a new platform for digital medical records in primary healthcare centres in order to boost the use of digital records in remote areas of the country. The SISCAP system, which is based on international standards, will be installed in 147 health care units across Peru. [image: Peruzo]

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Apollo Health shortlists private equity firms to raise USD73 mn

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08-Feb-16 Apollo Hospitals has short-listed three private equity firms and expects to close a deal to raise INR500 crore (USD73 mn) by March to fuel its expansion plans. While Apollo Diagnostics already has 15 labs and more than 80 patient care centres, it plans to launch 200 labs and 1,000 patient care centres over five years in tier 2 cities. [image: G Ramakrishna]

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Mexico: Medtronic seeks opportunities in the local market

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08-Feb-16 Medical device manufacturer Medtronic has confirmed plans to promote its products and expand its presence in the Mexican market. Medtronic operates six factories in the country, although its devices are not commercialised in Mexico as patients and professionals are not familiar with their usage, which is a challenge for the company. [image: Medtronic]

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Australian public hospitals face growing funding crisis

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08-Feb-16 Years of under-funding and cost-cutting applied by successive governments have produced lengthening waiting times in Australia's public hospitals, including for potentially life-saving emergency care. Emergency department waiting times worsened in 2014–15, with only 68% of emergency department patients classified as “urgent” being seen within half an hour.

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