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mHealth information for all: a global challenge

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15-Jul-15 A survey of 1,700 mHealth projects shows that none provide actionable, offline guidance for the user addressing acute situations in low-resource settings. The opportunity for mHealth is constrained by three challenges: Lack of smartphones; shortage of appropriate content; and getting content onto devices. Collaboration between content providers, phone manufacturers, network operators, application developers and international health organisations is needed. [image: United Nations Foundation]

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Bigger may not be better for China's "super hospitals"

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15-Jul-15 China now has 16 public hospitals with more than 3,000 beds and this has policymakers worried. Hospital building reflects a lack of public confidence in rural healthcare, and may not lead to cost-effective care. As China reduces the drug mark-ups hospitals have relied on for years, many see expansion as a way to raise revenues. [image: The Straits Times]

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Taiwan cancer clinic develops fully electronic radiation process

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14-Jul-15 The Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center in Taiwan has established an entirely paperless and filmless clinical process in radiation oncology. Designed to enhance patient safety and operational efficiency, the new oncology system automates the essential tasks, safety-checks and centralized patient information for the clinical team. [image: Healthcare Innovation]

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Japan aims to slash number of hospital beds

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16-Jun-15 The Japanese government will seek to slash the number of hospital beds by more than 10% to 1.19 million by 2025, hoping it will curb ballooning medical costs in a graying society. To compensate, the government will also step up efforts to ensure that 300,000 patients can receive medical treatment at home or in nursing-care facilities. [image: Wikicommons]

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Indonesia's Siloam to acquire two hospitals and build ten

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10-Jul-15 Indonesian hospital operator PT Siloam, part of the Lippo Group, is expanding by acquiring at least two new hospitals through a new share issue. Siloam has allocated USD80 mn this year to build 10 hospitals and upgrade its existing ones. It aims to expand across Indonesia to own 50 hospitals by 2017, from 20 at present. [image: Commercial Asia]

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