• Hospitals may be investing too much in technology and IT systems
    Today, most medical records are computerised into electronic health records (EHRs). Most EHRs aim to serve patients' needs and healthcare providers' needs as well. But the safety and quality of healthcare has been compromised as hospitals have invested in technologies that fail to share data, failing to better support clinical care.
  • Kenyan nurses’ strike causes six patient deaths
    Nurses in Kenya have stayed away from their workplaces in a strike against the government for shunning away their collective bargaining agreement. The agreement outlines an increment in the nurses’ salary and the strike will continue until their demands are met. At least six patient deaths have resulted from the strike and new patients are being turned away or asked to seek private care.
  • Doctor who molested women spared jail because of his surgical skills
    One of the UK’s top surgeons has been spared jail, as judge deemed him “too good at his job” to go to prison.
  • Rich city. Underfunded hospitals. Is the Hong Kong government doing their best to retain doctors in the public healthcare sector?
    On 14 June 2017, Strategic Review on Healthcare Manpower Planning and Professional Development report was released to the public. However, questions remain unanswered as to whether the recommended measures are sufficient to address manpower shortages at public hospitals and alleviate the pressure on frontline healthcare workers.
  • Exploring the generation gap in the nursing workforce
    Healthcare settings are generally occupied with healthcare professionals that come from different generations. When the skills of nurses from different generations are present – nursing units are able to provide excellent levels of care.
  • Anger Rooms: Detrimental to mental health?
    Anger Rooms are now available in many countries like the US, Canada, Australia – and now, Singapore – as a go-to venue for people to smash objects: a safe way to unleash their anger. It is seen as an alternative to relieve stress; though, it may not be good for our health.
  • Opening a medical practice in low-income areas and its challenges
    Low-income areas bring different types of challenges for doctors, who are looking to set up their medical practice in this kind of area. Doctors should be prepared on what to expect; so that they can earn a substantial income while meeting the medical needs of the community.
  • Ensuring the safety of digital healthcare
    As mobile technology continues to develop and solve daily-life problems, healthcare is also getting the digital treatment. But are these medical devices and apps safe for patients and effective?
  • Elastic girl with rare disease battles with a broken body
    Crushed with broken bones and fractured dreams, a young lady’s unusually flexible limbs – once the pride of her superhero stunts – start to disintegrate, possibly torn tendons that can never be made whole again.
  • News Bites: Implanting pig cells into brains to slow down Parkinson's Disease, Aspirin may lower breast cancer risk
    This week, a British study suggests foetuses respond to face-like patterns. The NHS has launched the world's first trial of 3D printed bionic hands for children, and a study in rats suggests that photosynthetic bacteria may reduce heart damage during heart attack.
  • Is prescribing medicines with pictures the solution to medication non-adherence in Hong Kong?
    A study published in May 2016 recruited 2,445 subjects with an average age of 65.3 years in Hong Kong. Results showed that as many as 46.6% of hypertensive patients had poor medication adherence. What is the possible solution to tackle this issue?
  • Surgical fumes in operating theatres found to be hazardous
    Surgeons are constantly exposed to surgical fumes and noxious vapours in the operating theatre. Although theatres are equipped with ventilation and masks are worn, surgeons, anaesthetists and staffs are inevitably exposed to a certain amount of fumes.
  • "Rent-the-womb" business flourishes in Laos after surrogacy operations are banned in neighbouring countries
    Strategically close to the Thai border, dozens of fertility clinics have offered surrogacy and IVF services to desperate couples and singles, mainly from Australia and China. Rights groups are hoping to clamp down on the operations with the help of the Laos government.