Doctors perform rare orthopedic surgery through a new innovation
Head of Orthopedic Surgery Department at Adan Hospital Dr Meshal Al-Hadhoud successfully performed a rare surgery through new innovation, which is the first of its kind in the Middle East, on a woman who broke her foot.
The surgery involved stabilizing a tarsal bone using a precision stick to avert the complications witnessed in the conventional method.
Diabetic patients are the major beneficiaries of this method, adding that the patient can walk 48 hours after the surgery.
Dr Al-Hadhoud affirmed that this method is different from the conventional method whereby patients require six weeks of rehabilitation before they can walk, because of the gypsum on the foot.
Drone Delivered Drugs for the First Time in Canada
A century after the first piece of regular mail was delivered by airplane, Canada Post and London Drugs are partnering to conduct a pilot program of using drones as a new method of prescription drug delivery to get much-needed medications to remote patients who may not live near pharmacies.
The pharmaceutical retailer in co-operation with Canada Post and robotics company InDro Robotics launched a tiny test flight on Aug. 19. The drone had no trouble lifting and delivering the weight of an EpiPen loaded with epinephrine and a naloxone kit, which included medication used to reverse the potentially deadly effects of an opioid overdose. According to London Drugs, the drone flew the six kilometers from Duncan to Salt Spring Island in 11 minutes. In another trial, the drone successfully delivered its load to the Country Grocer on Salt Spring Island, directly to a would-be patient's home.
The test flight was the first beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight that had delivered drugs in Canada. Chris Chiew, the general manager of pharmacy for London Drugs was initially surprised that drone-delivered drugs had never been tried before but later understood that there exist rigorous Transport Canada regulations governing this type of flight, with no human pilot to deal with unforeseen circumstances. In fact, a special license is required for BVLOS flight as the person piloting the drone could not actually see it.
This service is not yet available to customers but Chiew said except for narcotics, other drugs like blood pressure medications or emergency opioid reversal medications could be made available this way.
Once this service gets online, drones may see a demand surge in the Canadian market.
Healthnet Revamps Website and Enhances Customer Experience
Healthnet, Sri Lanka’s first full-service e-pharmacy, has upgraded its web platform and added more services to enhance the customer experience. The new website, sporting a fresh new look and offering a host of new features, was launched at a ceremony held recently.
Healthnet has grown significantly in a short period of two years to fill more than 17,000 prescriptions and serve over 6,000 satisfied customers. Throughout this period, we listened closely to our customers and identified a number of ways we could enhance our service experience. The new HealthNet process is simpler, more personal, and offers a host of incredible new features.”
Research has shown that non-adherence of long-term chronic medication due to factors such as forgetfulness, late monthly refills, delayed doctor visits and non-availability of meds, is a complex health care problem. Most often this type of non-adherence leads to dangerous health complications for patients suffering from non-communicable diseases. Healthnet helps customers overcome this situation by simplifying the pharmacy experience. Customers submit prescriptions online, which are then filled out by certified pharmacists and delivered within a period of 24 hours.
Healthnet began operations offering delivery services only within the Colombo city limits, but has now expanded its reach to cover the entire Colombo District, for prescription medication. Non-prescription and over the counter medicines are delivered island wide. Healthnet began operations offering delivery services only within the Colombo city limits, but has now expanded its reach to cover the entire Colombo District, for prescription medication. Non-prescription and over the counter medicines are delivered island wide.
How AI could transform healthcare in the Mexican state of Jalisco
As artificial intelligence is making its presence felt in many business sectors worldwide, some of its applications in Mexico are focused on social healthcare inclusion.
"The state of Jalisco has a very unique AI directorate," Enrique Cortes Rello, CEO of HealthCubed JCSA, told BNamericas. "The mandate is to work on the application of AI to social problems, and the priority is healthcare." Jalisco's AI directorate is an initiative of the state's innovation, science and technology department.
In Mexico, one major problem is chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. "Many Mexicans go years without being diagnosed and they end up receiving medical attention only when they are in a critical phase of suffering," Dr. Liliana Almeida, an endocrinologist and diabetes researcher in Mexico City, told BNamericas. AI is therefore being used to predict healthcare patterns, diagnose diseases, and ultimately aims to lower the cost of healthcare.
Cortes is also working with Jalisco's AI directorate to focus on the problem of diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness. "This is a well understood problem and there are open datasets."
Barriers to entry
The nature of data is one barrier to the rapid adoption of AI solutions in healthcare, regardless of the country. The requisite data may not exist, it may not apply to a certain group, or it may be so valuable that it is stored away.
From research to startups
The impact felt so far from AI applications in Mexico originates from government centers and universities, as well as from abroad.
While there are dozens of health-tech startups in Mexico City, they tend to serve as platforms for booking doctor's appointments, online health payments and exercise monitoring - so there is a lack of firms looking to make a major healthcare impact.
There is a trend of startups developing chatbots that focus on health advice. One Mexico City-based startup created Yana, a chatbot that speaks with users in order to monitor depression. Such bots are technically driven by rule-based systems that rely on Bayesian statistics, similar to the systems used in robotic process automation but distinct from AI.
AI-powered medical startups may however be just around the corner and they would not be starting from scratch. "There are great frameworks that are relatively easy to use," said Cortes, citing IBM's Watson and Microsoft's Azure machine learning studio.
Experience the Latest Healthcare Advance at the Taiwan Healthcare Pavilion in Indonesian Hospital Expo! [delegation list]
Taiwan’s medical service is renowned for its high quality, advanced technology, professionalism, and affordable price. Many people from Asia, the Middle East, and North America choose to travel to Taiwan for the premium medical attention at a fraction of the price. The average cost of medical treatment in Taiwan is typically one-fifth of comparable services in Europe and the US. A study has shown that over 420 thousand overseas patients came to Taiwan for medical service in 2018. Around a third of the number came from Southeast Asia.
Taiwan leads the world in the IT industry and healthcare service. The "Taiwan Healthcare Pavilion" is themed as "Healthcare and Technology " and focuses on Taiwan’s high-quality healthcare industry, such as medical services, medical supplies, biotech, and Smart Healthcare equipment. A comprehensive picture of how the quality of life of a patient improves under the perfect combination of Taiwanese healthcare and technology will be exhibited.
There are 8 exceptional medical services and smart healthcare providers in the pavilion. Taoyuan General Hospital brought along their Taiwan Health Care Information System (TaiwanHIS), an open-source HIS system that is highly customizable. Ti-Ho Healthcare Technology designed its TIHO Dental Implant System specifically for Asian people. MedicalTek developed a 2D to 3D endoscopic visualization system called MonoStereo that can enhance the user’s current system. Nice Health Consultancy, an online platform based in Taiwan, aims to provide high-quality healthcare consulting services for patients around the world. Greatfirst International Medical Technology has specialized cancer recurrence and metastasis prevention treatment called “Two - Wing Combination Therapy.” Apixu Inc. with its easy to wear on/off patient gowns, noise-free baby products, and protective clothing. ACT Genomics is the world's leading cancer solution provider with cancer treatment planning, monitoring as well as risk assessment. And the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research that would present the briefing on the Medical and Health New Southbound Policy.
Taiwan is the fourth country in the world to implement the hospital evaluation system after the United States, Canada, and Australia. As of 2019, 13 medical institutions have received the international certification of Joint Commission International (JCI), a renowned organization that focuses on medical quality. On top of the world-class medical service standards, Taiwan has sound senior care services, excellent medical equipment, and smart medical systems. Health industry-related companies are welcome to cooperate or invest with the above-mentioned hospitals and companies from Taiwan.
All are welcome to visit the Taiwan Healthcare Pavilion in Hall 2 of Jakarta Convention Center from 23rd to 26th October at the Indonesia Hospital Expo. Please feel free to contact the Taipei Trade Center Office in Jakarta for any healthcare and medical industry-related information.