Australia to bring citizens’ health records online

AustraliaIT News — The Australian government has been given the go-ahead to create a digital health record for every Australian by default pending the success of trials of the model, after the bill for opt-out records passed the parliament today. The federal government introduced the e-health bill in September. It amends the existing personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) law to create a record for every Australian by default.

Asian healthcare platform Practo launches in Malaysia

MalaysiaEnterprise Innovation — Healthcare platform Practorecently announced its entry into the Malaysian market, bringing its two award-winning products – Practo Ray and Practo Search – into the country. Practo Ray is a cloud-based practice management solution for doctors and clinics while Practo Search enables consumers to search through this verified database of healthcare professionals.

IoT key to helping UAE meet healthcare targets

UAETelecom Asia — The Internet of Things (IoT) and its accompanying technologies have enormous potential to help  the United Arab Emirates (UAE) achieve its 2021 healthcare targets, research firm IDC said. The majority of the goals are focused on alleviating the growing rates of chronic diseases.

Govt introduces bill for opt-out e-health records #cloud, from AU

AustraliaIT News — The federal government has introduced a bill into parliament that will enable it to transform its stalled e-health records regime by automatically creating a record for every Australian by default. The bill entered parliament before the Department of Health commenced pilots of the new ‘opt-out’ approach to getting healthcare recipients registered for an electronic record.

Telstra Health Expands Presence in Asia with Hospital Contract Wins

MalaysiaPRNewswire Asia — KUALA LUMPUR: Telstra Health, a division of Australia’s largest telecommunication and technology company, today announced several key contract wins and implementations of hospital electronic medical record systems in Malaysia and Thailand, adding to its existing customer base in Asia and its established offices in Hong Kong, Malaysia and India.

Tencent Makes USD90 Million Sick Investment In India

IndiaChina Tech News — China-based Tencent led the USD90 million investment in Practo, a health and medical information provider in India. On the completion of the investments, Practo’s total financing amount will reportedly reach USD124 million and its investors include Google Capital, Sofina, Sequoia Capital, Altimeter Capital, Matrix Partners, and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner.

Mounting Expenses Lead To Alibaba Health Losses

China.gifChina Tech News — Alibaba Health Information Technology Limited says it saw no profit as it published its annual performance report ended March 31, 2015, and revealed its future business direction. Alibaba Health made losses of HKD101 million, which was about CNY80 million, during the reporting period. Several sectors saw the largest expense increases, including sales and market promotions and labor expenses caused by product research and development.

Telstra’s health tech service goes live

AustraliaIT News  — Telstra today cut the ribbon on its ReadyCare telemedicine service, allowing customers to consult with a general practitioner remotely using voice or video. The ReadyCare service is a joint venture with Swiss online health service provider Medgate. It provides customers medical advice, treatment, diagnosis and prescriptions from registered Australian doctors.,telstras-health-tech-service-goes-live.aspx

Digital India huge opportunity for health, education: Anil Agarwal

IndiaEconomic Times — NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ drive will open up huge opportunities in health and education for rural areas, creating a large number of jobs, billionaire Anil Agarwal said today. Agarwal, who heads the mining giant Vedanta Resources Plc, is the Non-Executive Chairman of Sterlite Technologies Ltd (STL) which is involved majorly in laying the optical fibre network to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchyats.

Tech Mahindra to set up healthcare unit with US$94 million outsourcing deal

IndiaChannel News Asia — MUMBAI: IT firm Tech Mahindra Ltd is setting up a new unit to sharpen its focus on winning contracts in the healthcare industry, one of the fast-growing segments for the outsourcing services providers, a senior executive said on Wednesday. The unit, to be called nth dimension, has won an IT services project worth about 60 million pounds (US$94.48 million) from Britain-based healthcare company CircleHealth, Tech Mahindra’s Rajib Bhattacharya, who will lead the new subsidiary, told Reuters.

Qihoo 360 Forms Chinese Internet Medical JV With Sinopharm

ChinaChina Tech News — Chinese Internet security company Qihoo 360 has signed a strategic cooperation framework with Guohua, a subsidiary of Sinopharm Group, to establish a medical e-commerce joint venture. With the cooperation, the two parties will create an online pharmaceutical sales platform to solve the difficulties and high-price issue in the medical care sector for medical distribution.

Govt to make e-health records opt-out

AustraliaThe federal government plans to create electronic health records for all Australians by default in the hope an opt-out model will counter the slow take up of the former PCEHR system, now known as myHealth Record. Health Minister Sussan Ley today said less than ten percent of eligible Australians had signed up for a health record. She said the slow uptake was undermining the system’s clinical usefulness.,govt-to-make-e-health-records-opt-out.aspx

Telstra grows telehealth portfolio with Medibank business

AustraliaTelstra today further bolstered its portfolio of electronic health offerings with the acquisition of Medibank telehealth business Anywhere Healthcare. Telstra has been actively pushing into the ehealth space since teaming up with HCF and Healthways to offer telemonitoring of health devices in July last year, ahead of formally launching its standalone health division Telstra Health the following October. It has also previously partnered with Swiss provider Medgate to deliver ‘ReadyCare’, a telephone-based GP consultation service.,telstra-expands-telehealth-portfolio-with-medibank-business.aspx

New South Wales to spend additional US$46 million on e-health, from AU

AustraliaThe re-elected government of New South Wales will spend an additional US$46 million (AU$60 million) on e-health initiatives, on top of the AU$400 million (AU$308m) already budgeted for the next decade. The money will be spent primarily on e-health systems in rural areas, with 100 additional telehealth sites, and more laptops, mobile devices and in-home monitoring devices.

New health institute to tackle ‘wicked problems’ in Canberra

AustraliaCanberra has opened a health research institute to tackle wicked problems that require multiple disciplines to work together. The institute will bring together subject experts who might not typically work under the same roof. “We aim to address real world issues and some of the wicked problems plaguing health, but that requires collaboration from multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary perspectives,” said Rachel Davey, Founding Director, University of Canberra Health Research Institu

Australian health agency accelerates data collection

AustraliaA new report from SAP highlights the role of Public Sector Analytics in improving efficiency and service quality. ‘Government Performance and Public Sector Analytics’ details the shift to mobile, real-time platforms to process Big Data – with 80 per cent of public sector leaders betting on technology to drive innovation in their agency.

Philippine health startup mClinica wins this year’s HackOsaka Award

PhilippinesHackOsaka 2015, held earlier this month in Osaka, featured a pitch contest where 10 startups pitched their services and products. The event was hosted by Osaka Innovation Hub (OIH) and Osaka Economic Strategy Bureau. I would like to introduce prize winners and other presenting startups. mClinica CEO Frouk Meralli is originally from Canada but now based out Manila, the Philippines.

How this Health and Community Services agency increased privacy and cut costs

MalaysiaThe Newfoundland & Labrador Department of Health and Community Services were not only facing a privacy issue by working with paper faxes – their work processes were also costly and inefficient. The agency, which supports four regional authorities and other mandated health and community service agencies, provides information and services for individuals, families and communities to achieve optimal health and well being.

WeChat steps into fitness tracking

ChinaWeChat, the popular messaging app, just stepped into fitness tracking. WeChat now has an option for people with fitness tracker devices or certain phones that can do motion tracking to share the number of steps they take each day and even compete with their friends. All this is done by adding an account inside the WeChat app called WeChat Sports (search for 微信运动 in Chinese). It’s made by Tencent, the company behind the messaging app.

Alibaba Health Reaches Cloud Deal With Winning Software

ChinaAlibaba Health Information Technology Limited has signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Shanghai Kingstar Winning Software to launch a range of e-medical services. According to the agreement, the two parties will share resources and collaborate in medical services, health services, pharmaceutical distribution, regulation, and medical insurance risk control. Financial terms of the deal were not released.