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China's digital healthcare dreams

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18-May-16 China's big three Internet giants, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, and several tech startups, are getting involved in healthcare. Digital healthcare is becoming big in China. In 2014 approximately USD700 mn in venture funding poured into digital healthcare in China, with investors supporting everything from e-commerce, online physician-patient communication services, to disease management apps. [image: CKGSB Knowledge]

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'TripAdvisor' for hospitals to rank Hong Kong healthcare outcomes

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18-May-16 An online platform ranking Hong Kong hospitals’ quality of care based on patient reviews has been launched. HospitalAdvisor.org.hk covers all 41 public and 11 private hospitals in the territory and seeks to empower patients to make more considered decisions about their hospital care. [image: South China Morning Post]

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The instructive example of Afghanistan

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17-May-16 Maternal and child health outcomes achieved in Afghanistan have been fairly positive in a little over a decade. Unless we find ways to build health systems in fragile and failed states, it will be harder to progress on global goals such as the reduction of maternal and child mortality, and to protect the world from new infectious disease outbreaks. [image: GlobalGiving]

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Bali aims to become medical tourism destination

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17-May-16 Already one of the world’s most popular tourist spots, Bali is now aiming to become a medical tourism destination. The Bali administration is constructing a new 176 bed Bali Mandara Hospital for IDR199 bn (USD15 mn), targeted for completion in 2016. The hospital is designed as an integrated cancer treatment center with facilities for radiodiagnostics, radiotherapy and nuclear medicine. [image: Balicsd / Google Earth]

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HCMC uses more modern treatments

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17-May-16 District-level hospitals in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City are now using more advanced techniques and treatment, often performing at the level of city hospitals. The Thu Duc District Hospital has successfully performed for the first time the non-surgical treatment, transarterial chemoembolization, on a patient with a malignant liver tumour. [image: tuoitre.vn]

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