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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/403755,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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402318,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.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6360-new-south-wales-to-spend-additional-us46-million-on-e-health

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

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6340-new-health-institute-to-tackle-wicked-problems-in-canberrate.

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.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6265-australian-health-agency-accelerates-data-collection

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