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Fitbit and Alibaba sign MoU to expand reach in China

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28-Apr-16 Fitbit, the leader in connected health and fitness, and Tmall.com, China's largest third-party web platform, owned by Alibaba, have signed an MoU to expand Fitbit’s reach in China. The partnership will introduce the Fitbit platform to hundreds of millions across the country. "Since 2014, we’ve seen steady growth in the market," said Woody Scal, Chief Business Officer at Fitbit. [image: Fitbit]

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Electronic monitoring to slash waiting times at Hong Kong clinics

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05-May-16 An electronic system could save patients millions of hours in queues at public sector clinics in Hong Kong. In 2014/15, each patient had to wait two hours on average. The system tracks the patient from arrival to the time they enter the consultation room, and queue status is updated on a screen informing patients how long they have to wait. [image: South China Morning Post]

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Hanoi begins construction of medical high-tech center

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05-May-16 Work has started on the construction of a medical high-tech center that specializes in endoscopic surgery and digestion treatment at the Saint Paul General Hospital in Hanoi. “The center will be built following European standards and will become the country’s leading endoscopic surgery facility that satisfies the increasing demand for examination and treatment of people in Hanoi,” Nguyen Khac Hien, the city’s health department director, said. [image: VNS]

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CFDA update – fewer registrations – but look at all those IVDs

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03-May-16 The China FDA 2015 annual report details a fall in the registration of new medical devices to 7,530 from 8,340 in 2014. Toughening of Chinese regulations may have discouraged some applicants. The proportion of IVDs in the figures is large at 40%, but for imported medical devices there are almost as many new registrations as renewals. [image: Brandwood Biomedical]

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China's Sinocare to acquire PTS Diagnostics in the US

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03-May-16 China's Sinocare Inc has signed a purchase agreement privately-held PTS Diagnostics for up to USD200 mn in cash. PTS is a US-based manufacturer of biometric testing devices. "Together, our future will be centered on transforming preventative medicine, biometric testing, and connectivity by providing fast, easy, portable, and accurate medical devices and information management systems,” said Robert Huffstodt, CEO of PTS. [image: Sinocare Inc.]

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