PUNE: Microsoft is helping healthcare providers in India adapt IT tools like cloud, analytics and machine learning as the industry seeks to counter escalating costs of delivering services amid growing demand for better experience from patients. “Healthcare institutions are aiming to adopt a data-driven approach to address and extract insights from the huge amounts of structured and unstructured data,” Peter Gartenberg, GM-enterprise and partner group at Microsoft India, told ET.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: A cardiologist at Max Super Speciality Hospital in Saket here has developed a smartphone app that can help people know the warning signs of a heart attack in advance and take corrective action. The ‘Heart app’ developed by senior interventional cardiologist Rajeev Rathi has a small set of questions with multiple options. These are the questions that a cardiologist would ask in a case of suspected heart disease.
Enterprise Innovation — MediaTek announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona its first bio-sensing analog front-end (AFE) chip designed for health and fitness devices. The MT2511 enables bio signal acquisition through electrocardiography (ECG) and photoplethysmography (PPG) simultaneously. It is extremely power efficient and provides lower active mode power consumption of less than 0.6mA while capturing PPG.
MIS Asia — BGI Genomics has launched a genome analytics engine using Aliyun cloud computing. The beta version of this engine, BGI Online, is the first large-scale bioinformatics analysis platform on Aliyun. BGI Online is an important milestone towards sequencing an individual human genome within 24 hours, and is an outcome of an agreement signed in October 2015.
Enterprise Innovation — Kyoto University and Panasonic Corp. recently unveiled a remote sensing technology for vital signs such as heart rate, heartbeat interval and others. The technology consists of high sensitive spread-spectrum radar and feature-based heartbeat interval estimation algorithm, and enables to measure heart rate and its intervals in real time without placing sensors on the body with as high accuracy as electrocardiographs.
Enterprise Innovation — Orion Health is firing up itsglobal offering by launching Amadeus, a platform that will enable highly personalized healthcare and the implementation of precision medicine. “Precision medicine is enabled when all information unique to an individual is combined to identify preventative care and treatments which will be effective for them based on genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors,” said CEO Ian McCrae.
Enterprise Innovation — Manipal Hospitals’ corporate and teaching facilities will adopt IBM Watson for Oncology, a cognitive computing platform trained by Memorial Sloan-Kettering that analyzes data to identify evidence-based treatment options. This is expected to help oncologists provide cancer patients with individualized healthcare. IBM said this will be the first deployment of Watson in India and the first engagement of its kind as the country advances efforts to transform healthcare.
IT 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.
Enterprise 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.
Telecom 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.
IT 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.
PRNewswire 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.
China 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.
China 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.
IT 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.
Economic 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.
Channel 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.
China 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.
The 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.
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.
The 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.
Canberra 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
A 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.
HackOsaka 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.
The 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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.