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Smart hospitals continue to evolve in Korea

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28-Sep-14 Unlike in some countries where hospitals are encouraged to adopt electronic medical record (EMR) systems by the government, hospitals in Korea are not required to go digital, but the number of facilities with EMR has still increased dramatically over the past decade. [image: Seoul National University Bundang Hospital]

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Vietnam invests in health insurance and technologies

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23-Sep-14 Vietnam has made progress towards universal social health insurance, currently providing coverage to more than half and heading towards 75% by 2015 and 80% by 2020. The country is also funding healthcare system investment and installing the latest technologies and state-of-the-art infrastructure.

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Freeze on subsidies to hit hospitals in Thailand

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23-Sep-14 Public health targets in Thailand are being lowered and hospital subsidies frozen for the next fiscal year following a cut in the government healthcare budget. Officials said the funding gap would put a crunch on state-owned hospitals, but insisted patients would not be affected.

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Russia to produce most drugs domestically by 2017

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23-Sep-14 Pharma companies in Russia will be able to produce the bulk of vital and essential drugs needed in the country within two or three years, Deputy Industry & Trade Minister Sergei Tsyb has said. Drug production in Russia has doubled since 2010. [image: RIA Novosti and Larisa Sayenko]

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Chinese patients to gain access to the best of US healthcare

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23-Sep-14 A new partnership between HelloMD in the US and Crosswave Management in China will provide people in China with access to the top 1% of US doctors. Patients can use smartphones and tablets for video consultations, or simply speak to a doctor by phone. But will they understand each other? [image: HelloMD]

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