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China Jo-Jo joins Alibaba Health e-prescription platform

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12-Feb-15 Through Alibaba Health's new mobile app, Alijk, patients can now upload and send a prescription to a nearby pharmacy to check the availability of medicines, compare prices and eventually make a payment. Pharmacies partnering with Alibaba Health, such as China Jo-Jo which has recently joined the platform, can then fulfil orders in-store or by home delivery. [image: Healthcare Innovation]

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Antibiotic resistance in Cambodia sparks new health policy

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11-Feb-15 In Cambodia, resistance to antibiotics has become a public health problem worthy of a national response. Regulations for the sale of antibiotics are not enforced and antibiotics are a big source of income for pharmacists. Over the past 12 months, together with the WHO, the health ministry has developed a National Policy and a three year implementation plan. [image: PharmaD India]

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Ageing China draws investors to its "hot" healthcare sector

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10-Feb-15 Encouraged by a relaxation of ownership rules in 2014 and a rapidly ageing population, PE firms and industry players are investing in China’s hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and device makers. The prospect of 223 million people aged 65+ by 2030 is enticing, despite risks such as rising valuations and a dearth of doctors. [image: Reuters]

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Taiwan’s Pingtung Christian Hospital takes health app to South Africa

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08-Feb-15 Pingtung Christian Hospital’s community health app will soon be launched in South Africa. Built around the hospital’s expertise in bringing medical aid to Taiwan’s mountainous areas, the app helps hospitals track infectious diseases and NCDs, and is designed to overcome the difficulties of rural areas. [image: Focus Taiwan]

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A GP’s perspective on tele-health in Australia

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15-Dec-14 In 2011, tele-health videoconference incentives to provide remote consultation for isolated populations were generous and many clinicians took up the offer. Since then the implementation of tele-health videoconferencing has been inconsistent and patchy, yet to be normalised. In part this is due to a lack of acceptance from clinicians, as well as technical barriers. [image: AFP]

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