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Mexico exempts hundreds of medical devices from registration

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13-Jan-15 Regulators in Mexico have expanded the list of medical devices and healthcare products that no longer require registration. The list of items largely consists of components and accessories for low-risk devices. Mexico’s medical device market is second only to Brazil’s in Latin America. [image: MED Device Online]

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Human and machine intelligence combine to address healthcare issues in India

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13-Jan-15 Hitachi has launched a solution in India which will help extract precisely designated information from electronic medical records (EMR). The company says it is combining human and machine intelligence to help solve some of the problems identified by India’s medical practitioners, cost-effectively. [image: Getty Images / Bloomberg Businessweek]


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India’s vanishing clinicians - is technology a panacea?

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12-Jan-15 Demand for healthcare workers in India is set to explode as the number of seniors grows to 240 million by 2050, but the country’s ability to produce healthcare professionals seriously lags demand. The talent gap could be narrowed by: 1. task shifting, 2. creating more attractive career paths, and 3. more use of technology in healthcare delivery. [image: Express Healthcare]

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Could mHealth strategies help control Ebola?

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02-Dec-14 Thanks to good mobile phone penetration in Guinea (63%), Liberia (60%) and Sierra Leone (44%), mHealth strategies could be an effective solution to mapping Ebola and providing education. IBM launched a disease-mapping system in Oct-14, allowing people to send free text messages about Ebola to the authorities, which feed into heat-maps linking emerging issues to location information. [image: IBM Research].

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Drug manufacturing industry cries foul over poor regulation in India

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09-Jan-15 While drug makers say local regulators are ill-equipped and inadequately staffed to monitor them, the watchdogs in turn hold state governments responsible for failing to strengthen the supervisory mechanism. "The governments were in a mad rush to attract investments by creating tax havens but did not pay enough attention to… quality standards," a state drug controller said, admitting inadequacies in the system. [image: The Economic Times / BCCL]

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