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Brazilian physicians harnessing medical apps

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05-Jan-16 Brazilian physicians heavily rely on smartphone apps to communicate with their patients. 87% of physicians in Brazil use WhatsApp to talk to their patients, more than in Italy (62%) and the UK (2%). Usage of SMS and emails is rising among doctors and patients, and cellphones have become the primary means of contact (84%). [image: caribbeanmedstudent]

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The UK, a destination for Chinese private patients

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05-Jan-16 Infographic: UK hospitals currently have limited presence in China, while there is rising demand for quality medical services from Chinese patients. The UK is considered a cost-effective destination and the NHS is always a selling point in China. The number of Chinese patients going abroad for treatment reached 40 mn in 2012.

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How big data can detect outbreaks faster in Singapore

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05-Jan-16 Singapore embarks on the Smart Nation initiative, big data can help beef up the response to any disease outbreak. It is critical to maintain timely data on diagnoses, and symptoms reported by patients. The biggest benefit may come in searching out the unknown unknowns. Here, big data could be coupled with “smart software”, using machine learning to help guide astute human observers. [image: Today]

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Thai hospitals at forefront of industry in Southeast Asia

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05-Jan-16 Thailand has seen more than 2 mn foreign patients at 37 hospitals since 2012, compared with Singapore's 850,000. Bangkok Hospital Group, Thailand's largest private hospital operator, has a target of 50 hospitals, up from the existing 42. Bumrungrad International, is moving into Myanmar, and Samitivej Hospital Group plans to expand throughout ASEAN and into Japan and the Middle East. [image: Dr Prem Global Healthcare]

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Cancer cases among children up sharply in Hong Kong

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04-Jan-16 Hong Kong has seen a sharp rise in cancer cases involving children and adolescents. In 2013, there were 234 cancer cases among people below 19, an increase of 20% on 2012. The most common were leukaemia (29%), malignant brain tumor, germ-cell and gonadal cancer, and lymphoma. [image: HKEJ]

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