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China's much-hyped healthcare reform drive stuck in first gear

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09-Aug-15 Despite the government's longer-term ambitions, industry insiders say China's healthcare reforms are being held up because of technical issues such as fragmented IT systems, infighting between regulators, and pushback from state-run firms, which dominate the sector. [image: Reuters]

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How hospitals are getting smarter in China

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06-Aug-15 Queues in China’s overcrowded hospitals are notoriously long, but mobile apps and technology are solving the problem as the country introduces more “smart” hospitals. The Beijing Municipal Commission of Health & Family Planning said yesterday that the capital’s top-level hospitals will offer patients access to mobile payment services by the end of 2017. [image: Ecns]

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Parkway buys majority stake in India’s Global Hospitals

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05-Aug-15 Malaysia's IHH Healthcare Bhd, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Parkway Holdings, is reported to have acquired a 74% stake in Hyderabad-based Global Hospitals Group for an equity value of INR1,800 crore (USD277 mn). in March 2015 IHH acquired a 51% stake in Hyderabad-based Continental Hospitals. It also already owns a 10.5% stake in India’s Apollo Hospitals. [image: IHH Healthcare Berhad]

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New Delhi to get e-hospital portal

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05-Aug-15 With an aim of improving patient care and operational efficiency at its health centres, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has approached the National Informatics Centre (NIC) for configuration of e-hospital portal in its Health Care Units. The e-hospital software will be loaded on cloud services, for the first time in India. [image: NIC]

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Health spending below target in Philippines

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04-Aug-15 The Philippines has failed to meet five of its eight healthcare financing targets indicators. Data from the National Health Accounts showed missed targets for government share of spending on health, out-of-pocket health spending, local government share of spending, local government public health spending, and PhilHealth share of spending. 68% of total health spending was privately financed. [image: Health Market Innovations]

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