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No specialist doctors to serve in India's rural areas

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21-Aug-15 Rural and small-town India is terribly short of specialist doctors, particularly surgeons. Close to 75% of sanctioned surgeon posts are vacant in the 30-bed community health centres (CHC) in small towns, which serve as referral points for patients coming from primary healthcare centres in the villages. [image: Deccan Herald]

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How Big Data can make people healthier in emerging markets

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21-Jul-15 In many emerging markets, data on healthcare is limited, but a growing number of entrepreneurs and public health activists are finding ways to fill the gaps. Digital health startups are contributing with online information portals, disease management apps and telemedicine services. Public health organizations are also working with big data, for example the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME) with its Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study. [image: Shutterstock]

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Indian startup aims to make e-health records available to patients

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29-Jul-15 A health tech start-up in India aims to provide affordable, patient-centric, centralised digital medical records. In 2014 there were 8,500 reported deaths in India due to adverse drug reactions, almost all of which could have been prevented if complete information about the patient’s medical history had been available. And that is what start-up KiviHealth aims to achieve.

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Victorian healthcare system set for revolutionary overhaul

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17-Aug-15 The healthcare system in Australia's state of Victoria is set to undergo a major revamp, in an attempt to reduce unnecessary hospital visits and manage chronic illness more effectively. Health Minister Jill Hennessy announced the new Better Care Victoria, a program expected to revolutionise the system. [image: Herald Sun]

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Philippines strengthens universal healthcare

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17-Aug-15 Kalusugang Pangkalahatan or Universal Health Care is the current thrust of the Aquino Administration, aimed to bridge the inequality gap and reduce barriers to health care, reduce social exclusion and work towards universal coverage of delivering health services to Filipinos. The strategy aims to improve health outcomes especially in 43 priority provinces. [image: GOVPH]

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