In today’s talking points: Global Digital Health Partnership launched in Australia, Man fined for abandoning wife’s eggs in landmark case, Health Horizon the new health innovation tracker, aims to increase collaboration on a national level, Traditional Chinese Medicine being tested as an alternative to antibiotics
Global Digital Health Partnership launched in Australia
The GDHP is a collaboration between governments, public agencies, and multinational organisations to enhance the digitisation of health services for the betterment of patients, policy and practitioners. This year’s meeting focused on amongst other issues clinician and consumer engagement, plus cyber security and policy development. Australian Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt affirmed, “Digital Health is the penicillin of our time, with precision medicine and genomics offering opportunities to cure previously incurable diseases and deliver better life saving medicine.” It’s hoped the GDHP will provide a common platform for experts to support effective policy and improve patient outcomes via digital health.
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Health Horizon the new health innovation tracker, aims to increase collaboration on a national level
In an attempt to boost efforts to collate information on all innovative health research carried out by Australian pharmaceuticals and medtech related organizations, Health Horizon has released an online platform which catalogues the progress of health technology from inception to commercialization. Jointly funded by MTP Connect and the Pharmaceutical Industry Growth Center, they hope to minimize the duplication of efforts and create more transparent interaction between health innovation companies.
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Traditional Chinese Medicine being tested as an alternative to antibiotics
With the rise of antibiotic resistance as a global health threat, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) experts have been carrying out clinical trials to test the effectiveness of TCM as an alternative to western antibiotics. Currently there are existing drugs that contain elements of TCM that are used in antibiotics, however it is uncertain whether the antibiotic effects stem from TCM. Larger scale clinical trials need to be carried out before TCM can be accepted globally as a viable alternative to western antibiotics.