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Malaysia, the ASEAN medical device manufacturing hub?

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14-Jul-15 Malaysia is being positioned the ASEAN hub of medical device manufacturing. It hosts more than 190 medical device manufacturers with investments worth RM13.2 bn (USD3.5 bn), including Ansell, Ambu, Bard, B.Braun, Haemonetics and St. Jude. The industry has been identified as one of five intended to re-energise the manufacturing sector. [image: Site Selection]

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No more needles - new Japanese vaccination technology

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21-Jul-15 Vaccination no longer has to be a painful process, as researchers from Japan's Osaka University have developed a new technique that can deliver vaccines without needles. Through this technology, vaccines are delivered simply by laying a tiny patch onto a person's finger, before it dissolves into their skin. [image: BioSpectrum]

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IBM's Watson learning Arabic in move to Middle East

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14-Jul-15 IBM supercomputer Watson is learning Arabic and setting up in the Middle East. The big data service will be part of a JV between IBM and Abu Dhabi's government investment arm. The company is banking on healthcare organizations turning to Watson, as customers like Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic have done in the US. [image: Andrew Spear-The Washington Post/Getty Images]

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Japan’s hospitals weigh overseas branches, medical tourism

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19-Jul-15 The 2015 Japan Revitalization Strategy, a recent government policy, says the healthcare sector - which has long been heavily regulated and shielded - should be turned into a driver of economic growth. In particular, the government wants to boost medical tourism and help Japanese medical institutions branch out overseas, especially in emerging economies. [image: The Japan Times]

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Telstra goes live with 'doc around the clock'

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02-Jul-15 Telstra Health has gone live with its ReadyCare telemedicine service, offering phone and video consultations with Australian GPs 24 hours a day. A JV with Swiss telemedicine provider Medgate, ReadyCare is initially targeted at health funds, mining companies, state governments and corporates. It has signed its first big contract with travel insurance firm Cover-More, which handles 35,000 medical episodes annually. [image: Gettty Images]

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