The healthcare industry in the Middle East is booming – investments are expected to reach US$133 billion by 2018. One bottleneck: staff. The Gulf needs more than a thousand additional nurses and many more non-clinical jobs to meet the demand for quality care.
Columbia Asia has opened a new clinic in Nairobi, Kenya as a part of its new Columbia Africa brand and expansion plan. The clinic seeks to provide specialized treatment and heavily utilizes telemedicine services to help connect patients and doctors in Kenya to additional resources in Asia.
Health startup Medi Tech Innovations has developed solar-powered healthcare screening kits for the Indian Armed Forces to remotely collect and monitor vital signs of soldiers. Diagnostic data is sent via a cloud system to a command hospital, where health risks can be assessed and addressed in real time.
Cisco and Narayana Health are teaming up to develop a network that would allow data to transfer safely between patients, doctors and medical records in telemedicine operations. This will allow doctors to do remote diagnostics securely, expanding the reach of the Indian healthcare system to more rural areas.
80% of Guineans will visit a traditional healer before going to a modern healthcare facility. To alleviate the mistrust that exists, Guinea considers integrating traditional healers into the healthcare system. This integration was critical during the Ebola outbreak, in which healers helped get the infected to treatment centers.
A new Cambridge Associates report finds that in 2015, US$1 billion worth of private equity investments went to Latin American healthcare companies. Just in Brazil, the healthcare sector attracted 28% of all private equity investments. The Latin American market remains viable, even amidst economic troubles.