Nagasaki University Hospital adopts enterprise mobile technology

JapanEnterprise Innovation — Japan’s Nagasaki University Hospital has implemented an enterprise mobile technology to boost its track record for efficiency and accuracy. The teaching hospital serves the 1.3 million residents of Nagasaki prefecture, and treats more than 360,000 outpatients and 260,000 inpatients annually. The application of Zebra Technologies’ enterprise-class TC55 touch computer came at the initiative of the hospital to introduce a new field-use terminal while upgrading its electronic medical record system in 2015.

Now, a smartphone app to help prevent heart attacks, from IN

IndiaTimes 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.

Aliyun and BGI revolutionise life sciences

ChinaMIS 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.

Southern Philippines Medical Center moves to the cloud

PhilippinesEnterprise Innovation — Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City is moving to the cloud. It recently acquired licenses for Microsoft Office 365, which combines the Microsoft Office desktop suite that their hospital executives, doctors, nurses, and employees have long been used to with cloud-based versions of the latest collaboration and communication tools.

Vietnam to undertake DNA identification project for war victims

VietnamEnterprise Innovation — The government of Vietnam has signed a contract with SMART Research BV for the provision of the Bonaparte DNA matching software system and associated support services. The procurement is part of a 10-year project that aims to identify at least 80,000 of the 650,000 unidentified victims from the Vietnam War.  Initiated by the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Project 150 will be the largest DNA identification project ever conducted.

S’pore students create wearable devices to tackle Parkinson’s disease

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — Students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) won the top prize in Invent 50, Intel’s first nationwide student technology competition, for creating an Intel Edison-powered wearable monitoring device designed to ease the suffering of Parkinson’s disease patients.  Team PD Loggers received S$10,000 to further their project, new devices with Intel RealSense cameras and internship opportunities at Intel for each of their team members.

India hospital adopts Watson for Oncology

IndiaEnterprise 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.

Qualcomm India fund’s first pick: a startup aiming to use big data to stop epidemics

IndiaTech 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.

Geeky doctors use tech to help people in Indonesia get their prescriptions

IndonesiaTech 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.

Finance and medicine sectors will be early IoT adopters: analyst forecast

TaiwanChina 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).

Ericsson, SK partner on IoT platforms for medical, transport

KoreaRCR 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.

Quanta partners with Cisco to push cloud medical services

TaiwanDigi 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.

The doctor will not see you now: How Singapore is pioneering telemedicine

Singapore(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.

Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent exploring China’s mobile medical industry

ChinaChinese 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 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

Japan researchers target 3D-printed body parts

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.

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).

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.

Drones are helping battle malaria in Malaysia, Philippines

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.

How the UN is using open data to tackle Ebola

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).

Doctors call on government to expand Medicare for Telehealth

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.

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.”

Singapore Hospital Maps Patients’ Profile To Predict Health Needs

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.

New Online Service For Australian Consumers To Report Medicine Side Effects

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.

Tencent invests in medical web portal DXY

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.

Huawei Makes Huge Impact with Technology Deployment at Thumbay Group’s UAE Hospitals

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.

Japanese gaming giant DeNA ventures into DNA with new genetic testing service

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.

Business Insider signs China content deal, and that shows Chinese web media is growing up

Business Insider, the US-based news site, is heading to China. BI founder Henry Blodget has announced a partnership with Chinese web titan Tencent (HKG:0700) – the makers of WeChat – whereby selected stories will be translated into Chinese. The new Business Insider Chinese portal is here. The deal might help BI in not losing so much money even after over $30 million in venture capital funding, but I’d say that it’s more significant in what it means for Chinese new media.

China & North East Asia Medical Device Market Reports

The Chinese government has expanded the health insurance programme to cover all rural residents Urban health insurance was already well established, covering nearly all working citizens, and cover has now been extended to all urban dwellers, including the unemployed and children who were not covered previously