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.

http://thebridge.jp/en/2015/02/hackosaka-2015-startup-competition

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.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6180-how-this-health-and-community-services-agency-increased-privacy-and-cut-costs

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.

https://www.techinasia.com/wechat-sports-fitness-tracker/

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.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/01/30/21375-alibaba-health-reaches-cloud-deal-with-winning-software

Alibaba Health Reaches Settlement With Oracle

Alibaba Health Information Technology Limited, formerly known as CITIC 21CN Company Limited, has settled a legal dispute with Oracle. Alibaba Health will pay about CNY37.2 million to Oracle for a licensing agreement for database management software signed in 2006. Meanwhile, the company will be refunded a deposit of USD11 million plus USD1.2 million in interest as part of the settlement.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/01/19/21347-alibaba-health-reaches-settlement-with-oracle

Australia developing mobile app to store health records

Australia is developing a mobile application that will allow patients to store their health records on their smartphone, Dr Leif Hanlen, Technical Director at Australia’s National ICT Agency (NICTA) has announced. The app will encrypt the records and allow patients to share it with others if they wish to. NICTA is also experimenting with open clinical data. For instance, it is analysing hospital records to predict which sections of a hospital may be at risk of an infection.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6018-australia-developing-mobile-app-to-store-health-records

Infosys implements IT solutions for US-based L A Care Health Plan

NEW DELHI: IT services major Infosys today said it has implemented billing and payments solutions for L A Care Health Plan, the largest publicly operated health plan in the US.  Its US-based subsidiary Infosys Public Services has implemented the IT solution for L A Care Health Plan, which serves over 1.6 million members.  This solution will help improve access to health benefits for 24,000 members on its L A Care Covered plan offered through the Covered California health insurance marketplace, Infosys said in a statement.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/infosys-implements-it-solutions-for-us-based-l-a-care-health-plan/articleshow/45852894.cms

Japan scientists develop micro-fine adhesive sensors

TOKYO: Scientists in Japan have developed a sticky sheet of tiny sensors that can be put directly on moving joints, beating hearts or other living tissues. The invention opens up the possibility of implanting almost unnoticeable sensors inside the body, letting doctors keep a close eye on a dodgy heart, for example. “Just by applying to the body like a compress, our novel sheet sensor detects biometric information extremely accurately,” researchers at the University of Tokyo said in a statement on Friday (Dec 19).

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/japan-scientists-develop/1541002.html

Quanta targeting healthcare for IoT

Commenting on the Internet of things (IoT) business opportunities, Quanta Computer CTO Ted Chang said the industry in still at the initial stage of development, but the business will grow rapidly since it is not about hardware specification breakthroughs, but whether applications are able to satisfy consumer demand. In the future, Quanta will focus on healthcare and medical applications for the IoT business.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141204PD203.html

Cloud computing firm 8K Miles buys US-based SERJ Solutions for Rs 16 crore

MUMBAI: Cloud computing firm 8K Miles Software Services today acquired US-based SERJ Solutions for around Rs 16 crore to step up its presence in the healthcare market.  8K Miles — the only listed cloud computing firm in the country — said that it expects Rs 45 crore in incremental revenue in the first year. Commenting on the deal, 8K Miles Founder Chairman and Chief Executive Suresh Venkatachari said the buyout will help the company serve hospitals and healthcare providers by providing end-to-end software as a service tech platform.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/cloud-computing-firm-8k-miles-buys-us-based-serj-solutions-for-rs-16-crore/articleshow/45299362.cms

Open dataset of the week: Healthcare in Jakarta

Primary health centres are the most basic unit of the public healthcare network. Jakarta’s open dataset on its primary health centres can uncover a host of services for Indonesians and benefits for the government. This is why FutureGov has chosen this dataset as its open dataset of the week. The dataset lists the names, addresses and contact details of 394 clinics across Jakarta. It also indicates a breakdown of staff and the state of infrastructure in each of these clinics, including the condition of the buildings, ambulances, internet connections.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5802-open-dataset-of-the-week-healthcare-in-jakarta

Genome Institute of Singapore strengthens genome sequencing capabilities with BT

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s (A*STAR) Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) has collaborated with BT Group (BT) to create a a cloud-based Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) environment. This is expected to reduce the time it takes for GIS to develop Next-Generation-Sequencing analytical software and to make it available to a wider reach of research communities and external parties.

http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/genome-institute-singapore-strengthens-genome-sequencing-capabilities-bt-1300928887

China Uses Cell Phones to Track Travelers from Ebola Zones

Authorities in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, are giving free cellphones to travelers entering the region from the Ebola hot zones of West Africa in order to track them for 21 days. Travelers arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are now receiving health care packages that include a free cell phone with local SIM card, a thermometer, and a local map, reports Xinhua. “Passengers who get the phone should keep it turned on for the following 21 days,” said Wu Huiming, deputy head of the bureau. “In this way, disease control personnel can track and contact them as quickly as possible.”

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/20326/20141101/ebola-ebola-hot-zones-guangzhou-free-cell-phones-free-mobile-phones-tracking-ebola-patients-guangdong-chocolate-city.htm

Samsung donates phones to IPC, fight against Ebola

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Samsung recently extended its partnership with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC, 國際殘障奧林匹克委員會) to 2020 and donated 3000 GALAXY S3 Neo smartphones to the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Samsung has sponsored five Paralympic games since the company became a partner of the IPC on 2006. Samsung and the Paralympic games encourage and support many disabled athletes to pursue their dreams.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/10/28/420517/Samsung-donates.htm

SAP eyes Korean healthcare market

SINGAPORE ― SAP plans to offer more health-oriented devices and services in Korea in cooperation with major Korean technology companies. “I understand healthcare is everywhere. Value proposition is the key point that Korean companies need to consider. I would say many different processes are underway,” said Adaire Fox-Martin, president of SAP’s Asia-Pacific Japan (APJ), in an interview at the company’s Asian headquarters, Sunday.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2014/10/133_166988.html

Would you trust Telstra with your healthcare?

This week Telstra announced a major investment into the development of its health business, but is our biggest telco facing an uphill battle to make money out of this new venture? The latest addition to its portfolio of health services will come through a collaboration with Swiss company Medgate. Medgate currently offers Swiss patients the ability to consult with a doctor via telephone or computer and to order prescriptions online for home delivery.

http://www.itnews.com.au/Feature/397157,would-you-trust-telstra-with-your-healthcare.aspx

Why Australian Defence Invested In A Us$118 Million Ehealth System

The Australian Defence Force has just bought a new A$133 million (US$118 million) eHealth system to provide health providers accurate, up-to-date health data on their personnel. The eHealth System will be made available to all stakeholders responsible for providing health services and benefits to defence staff, including clinicians, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and civilian health providers.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/sep/23/why-australian-defence-invested-us118-million-ehea/

JAPAN TO BUILD NATIONWIDE HEALTHCARE NETWORK TO ADDRESS AGEING POPULATION

Japan’s Government will be connecting all hospitals, clinics and pharmacies nationwide as part of broader plans to address Japan’s ageing population problem, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has told FutureGov. Yasushi Yoshida, Director General of the Ministry, told FutureGov that the government wants to increase the adoption of electronic health records by small and medium-sized hospitals. “Many big hospitals have already introduced electronic health record systems. But it’s not easy for medium to small hospitals to introduce this because of the expenditure involved,” he said.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/jun/18/japan-build-nationwide-healthcare-network-address-/