Tech in Asia — One of the highlights of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Silicon Valley last month was a meeting with executive chairman of chipmaker Qualcomm Dr. Paul Jacobs. This was part of a series of meetings with tech honchos to evangelize Indian startups and the government’s Digital India initiative.
Tech In Asia — For some inexplicable reason, pharmacies in Indonesia have missed the train to the 21st century. Neighborhood pharmacy outlets – usually part of large retail chains – are notoriously understocked. Try pre-ordering? The pharmacist will dutifully scribble down your request on a piece of paper, along with your phone number.
China Post — TAIPE: Manufacturing, financial service and medicine related solutions will make up more than half of Internet of Things (IoT) applications in 2018, according to accounting firm Ernst & Young Taiwan’s forecast. The statement was made at an IoT-themed forum held by EY and technology association Monte Jade Taiwan yesterday. It was attended by Vice Premier Chang San-cheng (張善政) and Minister of Science and Technology Shyu Jyuo-min (徐爵民).
RCR Wireless — Networking powerhouse Ericsson has partnered with SK Holdings of South Korea to jointly develop “Internet of Things” platforms for the health care and transportation verticals. The Swedish company and SK Holdings, parent company of SK Telecom, also will develop a global ICT ecosystem drawing in IoT, cloud computing, big data platforms, attendant security solutions and other technological components.
Digi Times — Quanta Computer has partnered with Cisco to provide hardware- and software-integrated services to hospitals and clinics. Quanta will combine its QOCA medical platform, which it developed jointly with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with Cisco’s cloud computing solutions and the services have already been adopted by several hospitals in Taiwan and are also targeting the China market.
(CNN) Stroke patients in Singapore are using iPads for remote rehabilitation — removing the need to visit their clinic. The new treatment is part of a tele-rehabilitation programme currently being trialled by the National University of Singapore (NUS) to get patients back on their feet sooner. It uses tablets to guide patients through exercises on videos, whilst motion sensors capture data about their progress.
Chinese tech giants Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are likely to become major players in the mobile medical industry in China given their tremendous capital and well-developed platforms, reports our Chinese-language sister newspaper Want Daily. Tencent invested US$70 million in China’s largest medical and health website Dingxiangyuan in September last year, followed by an investment of US$100 million in the leading website used for making hospital appointments in China, Guahaowang, in October last year.
Telstra 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.
Japanese scientists say they are on their way to being able to create custom-made skin, bone and joints using a 3D printer. Several groups of researchers around the world have developed small masses of tissue for implants, but now they are looking to take the next step and make them functional. Tsuyoshi Takato, a professor at the University of Tokyo Hospital, said his team had been working to create “a next-generation bio 3D printer”, which would build up thin layers of biomaterials to form custom-made parts.
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).
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.
Researchers are using drones in Malaysia and the Philippines to track the environmental changes which allow malaria to flourish. Deforestation creates conditions that allow the easy spread of infectious diseases, and also indicate greater human activity. By using drones to track this, scientists can model the spread of a disease, estimate its likely impact and create early warning systems, according to a new scientific paper published this month by a team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The United Nations has launched a web page aggregating open data on the Ebola crisis from international organisations, governments and civil society groups. The page features an interactive map of the worst-affected areas, a graph of the number of cases and deaths since August, and the main figures for tracking responses to the outbreak. It also has 44 datasets for developers to build new tools. The Ebola crisis page is hosted on the UN’s humanitarian open data web site, Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX).
The Australasian Telehealth Society has called on the Government to expand medicare for telehealth ahead of its annual meeting. Delegates are gathering in Adelaide today for SFT-14, the “Successes and Failures in Telehealth” conference, and the fifth Annual Meeting of the Australasian Telehealth Society, which will be opened by the South Australian Health Minister, Jack Snelling. Telehealth is the delivery of health care services at a distance, using information and communication technology.
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.”
A hospital in Singapore is trying to reduce the number of avoidable hospital admissions and Accident and Emergency visits to better allocate limited resources. The Tan Tock Seng Hospital has been receiving many patients who frequently admit themselves for medical treatment that can be provided by alternative health and support providers. The hospital is now using mapping technology to analyse the profile of these patients and their proximity to more appropriate providers so it can better transition these patients to outpatient and specialist care.
The Australian government has launched a new online service for consumers to report side effects of medicines and vaccines. Reports from consumers are useful in monitoring the safety of medicines. However, many people are unaware of the reporting channels. Last year, only 3% of reports received by the regulator came from consumers. The new online form allows the public to quickly submit brief details of the suspected medicine, including the batch number and the active ingredient, as well as the description of the side effect.
China-based Internet service provider Tencent has invested US$70 million in DXY, China’s leading medical, pharmaceutical and life science Web portal, according to Tencent. DXY is set to work with Tencent to seek potential integration between Tencent’s systems such as WeChat and its own platform and will use the funds to develop more medical and healthcare products, the company noted.
Hospital LAN Network implemented by Huawei team reduced downtime by 70 percent and increased productivity by 25 percent. Dubai – Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider — announced today the successful completion of a Local Area Network (LAN) deployment for UAE based Thumbay Group , allowing for it to provide a network across its range of hospitals across the Emirates. Thumbay Group , an international business conglomerate of companies, focusing mainly in the healthcare sector, commissioned Huawei to develop a LAN network that would link its four UAE GMC Hospitals.
Japan’s DeNA built its empire from games for feature phones and desktop PCs, but its legacy in leisure isn’t stopping it from tackling more serious matters. The company announced today it has formed the aptly named DeNA Life Science Inc, a wholly-owned company subsidiary specializing in health care.