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By Dean Koh December 5, 2018
Ark, a Singapore-based medtech enterprise focused on early cancer detection, has raised a record US$40 million in Series A funding. Ark’s vision is “a world without late-stage cancer” and its mission is to eliminate late-stage cancer related death by 2048 through the introduction of accurate, affordable, and actionable cancer detection technologies. This record-breaking Series A round was led by...

Screengrab of the BookHA app.

By Dean Koh December 4, 2018
Yesterday, Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority (HA) announced that their mobile application, BookHA, which provides new case booking services for Specialist Outpatient Clinics (SOPC), would be extended to cover the Clinical Oncology and Anaesthesiology (Pain Clinic) specialties for the convenience of patients starting from 3 December 2018. “From now on, patients can make SOPC new case bookings in...
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By Tom Sullivan December 3, 2018
HIMSS Analytics found health facilities more prepared for the distributed ledger tech than many might think, but that doesn’t mean they’re making forward progress just yet.


By Dean Koh November 29, 2018, China's online healthcare platform, yesterday announced during the Jianke Doctor Rebrand & 2018 Jianke Partners' Conference in Shanghai that they will be entering into a strategic partnership with US-based global pharmaceutical leader Pfizer. Both companies will leverage their leadership in their respective fields and successful practices to implement a patient-focused strategy in...

The technology on display at Wuzhen World Internet Conference. Photo credit: Ping An Good Doctor. 

By Laura Lovett November 29, 2018
In China a future trip to the doctor's could mean visiting a local mall and dipping into an AI-power booth.  Earlier this month Ping An Good Doctor, a one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform, showcased a tiny unstaffed clinic that employs artificial intelligence. Patients can sit in the three-square meter clinic and chat with a cloud doctor, called AI Doctor, about their symptoms.  The AI Doctor’s...

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By Dean Koh November 29, 2018
Roche announced last week the launch of FoundationOne CDx, Foundation Medicine’s comprehensive companion diagnostic test for personalised cancer care in Singapore. According to the official media release, FoundationOne CDx supports clinicians in their decision-making by providing a clear, in-depth report that describes the unique genomic profile of a patient’s tumour as well as associated,...

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