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Fujitsu develops sound system to monitor elderly living alone

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12-May-15 Elderly people can now be monitored by a new system that detects everyday sounds without violating their privacy. Developed by Fujitsu, the system uses microphones connected to a data centre which alerts family members or a security firm if an abnormality is detected. Fujitsu said it only sends wavelengths, ensuring that conversations cannot be heard by third parties. [image: The Asahi Shimbun]

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Will Australia's new approach to e-health lead to more waste?

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12-May-15 The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) has cautiously welcomed the Government’s investment in e-health, newly rebadged as MyHealthRecord. “E-health records have the potential to be an effective tool... and the wasteful approaches of the past must be brought to an end,” said AHHA Chief Executive, Alison Verhoeven. [image: HealthShare NSW]

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Free diagnostic tests scheme to be launched in India

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12-May-15 India's government has come up with a scheme that will offer free diagnostic tests to people visiting public health centers. Under the scheme, private health service providers will collect blood samples, conduct analysis and provide reporting in locations where public infrastructure is lacking. CT scan services will also be developed at district level under public-private partnership. [image: Newsgram]

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Australia's 2015 Budget fails to restore funding for public hospitals

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12-May-15 Australia's 2015 Budget has failed to address the cuts to public hospital funding made by the government in 2014. “In the 2014 Budget, the government rescinded AUD57 billion in funding that was to go to fund essential hospital services, and that had been agreed through bipartisan negotiations,” said Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA) Chief Executive, Alison Verhoeven. [image: Hospital and Agedcare]

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Device companies launch Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association

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24-Apr-15 Industry players are teaming up to create the first medical device industry association focused solely on Asia. The member companies of the just-launched Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed) include Abbott, Baxter, B. Braun, Becton Dickinson, Boston Scientific, Cardinal Health, GE Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Philips, Siemens, Stryker and Zimmer. [image: APACMed]

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