Industry News: Volume 10, Issue 20


These women entrepreneurs are making medical and healthcare facilities available to all

From a medical tourism platform, a medical equipment e-marketplace to a portal helping the elderly with doctor’s appointments, these women-led medtech startups are doing their bit to keep you in the pink of health.

By Nirandhi Gowthaman – With coronavirus spreading to several parts of the world and being declared a global pandemic, people are realising the importance of hygiene and good health. There is also now an increased focus to help people get access to quality healthcare.  Many entrepreneurs and startups in the healthcare and medtech sector have been making great strides with their innovations and unique services even before the pandemic began.

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 New Tokyo 2020 Olympic Dates Will Be 23 July to 8 August 2021

By Andrew Binner – The new countdown to Tokyo 2020 has begun, with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and local Organising Committee officially confirming that the Olympics will now take place from Friday 23rd July to Sunday 8th August 2021.

Japan’s second summer Olympic Games were originally scheduled for 24 July to 9 August 2020, before being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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 Medical tourism taking hit with border restrictions in place

Juarez medical professionals stress that health-care travel is still allowed; some have closed for lack of clients

by Julian Resendiz – JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — Lucio Cano has sold low-cost prescription medicines to Americans for the past 23 years. Some are repeat customers he knows by name and whom he’s stayed in touch with over the years.

Now, as international travel and stay-at-home restrictions at several Texas cities are put in place due to COVID-19, Cano is relying on a few Mexican customers to stay afloat.

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Spanish Hotels Become Medical Bunkhouses in Tourism Meltdown

By Jeannette Neumann and Alessandra Migliaccio – Before the coronavirus pandemic besieged Europe, Kike Sarasola worried about whether he was building enough hotels to capitalize on the region’s long-running tourism boom.

Such concerns have disappeared, along with the tourists.

The only guests at three of his six boutique hotels in Madrid are doctors and nurses fighting the deadly disease. The transformation of Sarasola’s Room Mate Laura hotel and dozens of others into lodging for hospital staff reflects how the crisis has overwhelmed the health-care sector and also brought the tourism industry to a halt.

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The Tech That Could Be Our Best Hope for Fighting COVID-19—and Future Outbreaks

BY ALICE PARK – Battling a pandemic as serious as COVID-19 requires drastic responses, and political leaders and public-health officials have turned to some of the most radical strategies available. What began with a lockdown of one city in China quickly expanded to the quarantine of an entire province, and now entire countries including Italy. While social isolation and curfews are among the most effective ways to break the chain of viral transmission, some health experts say it’s possible these draconian measures didn’t have to become a global phenomenon.

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EHR browser extension: Essential tool for optimizing value-based care initiatives

By Phil Giarth – Healthcare leaders are gaining a clearer picture of the advantages of shifting toward a value-based healthcare environment where reimbursements are linked to quality of care rather than quantity of services provided.  With value-based payment models expected to account for 59 percent of healthcare payments by 2020, payers of all size are aggressively moving their provider contracts to value-based care. As a result, leadership teams at healthcare facilities nationwide are seeking tools to help them overcome key challenges and meet payer expectations.

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