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大馬首創醫術‧讓軟骨磨損者看見曙光

大馬首創醫術‧讓軟骨磨損者看見曙光

 
蘇醫生,畢業自英國利物浦醫學院,行醫近30年,目前是專長膝蓋與肩膀關節鏡手術的矫形外科醫生。1994年,在英國待了15年的他,在決定回國之前,在不同的地方探討發展的可能性,最後覺得馬來西亞既是家,也看到了發展潛能,就決定落戶吉隆坡。(圖:星洲網)
蘇醫生對醫學的詮釋非常簡單,我們只是在協助自然過程,還是必須要依靠人體自愈。(圖:星洲網)
離國近35載,來自檳城的洪賜恩如今在美國任職癌症研究員。兩年前,他的膝蓋開始出現問題,幾經輾轉,他從馬來西亞的家人之處,看到了一線希望,循著這條消息,他來到了吉隆坡運動醫療中心。(圖:星洲網)
由創辦人蘇繼揚醫生創辦的吉隆坡運動醫療中心的醫療團隊,過去8年來在使用幹細胞再生軟骨治療上取得了空前的突破,更拓展了外周血幹細胞(peripheral blood stem cell)採集的技術用於軟骨磨損、網球肘等這類骨骼肌肉疾病之上。(圖:星洲網)
目前,蘇醫生的團隊正在與美國方面聯繫,要在醫藥界權威美國聯邦醫藥局的規定下進行測試,而測試只要一旦通過,就能讓世界上更多病人受惠。(圖:星洲網)
據悉,迄今,已有超過400名病人成功接受治療,這個技術也獲得美國專利。(圖:星洲網)
使用幹細胞再生軟骨治療上取得空前的突破讓遠至歐美的醫療團隊都來向該中心學習這項技術,研究結果更刊載於醫藥界權威刊物之中,當然,遠從美國前來求醫的病人不止洪賜恩一人。(圖:星洲網)

從美國來尋醫的洪賜恩說:“我研究過了很多不同的方式,我認為,這個療法最適合我。”

離國近35載,來自檳城的洪賜恩如今在美國任職癌症研究員。兩年前,他的膝蓋開始出現問題,就是常見的軟骨磨損症狀,被惡疾苦苦糾纏好長一些時日,起初只是膝蓋部位隱隱作痛,到最後劇痛引致他必須一拐一拐的走路。工作關係,他經常遊走各國的醫院,醫療常識更胜與一般人,於是他開始尋求解決方案:美國當地的醫生建議了各種治療方案,其中包括全膝關節置換等,但他並未採納這些建議,認為這些治療建議的幫助不大,期間,他也向不同國家的醫療領域尋求治療,包括日本、德國等。

幾經輾轉,他從馬來西亞的家人之處,看到了一線希望,循著這條消息,他來到了吉隆坡運動醫療中心。由創辦人蘇繼揚醫生創辦的吉隆坡運動醫療中心的醫療團隊,過去8年來在使用幹細胞再生軟骨治療上取得了空前的突破,更拓展了外周血幹細胞(peripheral blood stem cell)採集的技術用於軟骨磨損、網球肘等這類骨骼肌肉疾病之上。這項突破讓遠至歐美的醫療團隊都來向該中心學習這項技術,研究結果更刊載於醫藥界權威刊物之中,當然,遠從美國前來求醫的病人不止洪賜恩一人。

蘇醫生以及他的團隊從2005年開始实行动物实验,研究利用幹細胞進行軟骨再生,修復軟骨嚴重磨損的病人(即磨損超過四平方公以及骨與骨之間的磨損)。這種治療手法,在膝蓋部位鑽孔,以及使用內腔鏡科技診斷來修補受損部位,再通過孔子注射加入了透明質酸的病人自體外周血幹細胞以及特定的物理治疗,協助軟骨自行修復也可帮助病人迅速痊愈。

蘇醫生的治療手法結合骨科矯型醫生慣用的鑽孔技術,以及血液科過去二十年治療血液疾病所使用的外周血幹細胞採集技術。蘇醫生形容,這兩個技術的結合看起來如此的理所當然,也相對安全,而动物实验以及在一組50個病人的隨機對照臨床實驗證實了技術的可行性。據悉,迄今,已有超過400名病人成功接受治療,這項技術也獲得美國專利。

目前,蘇醫生的團隊正在與美國方面聯繫,要在醫藥界權威美國聯邦醫藥局的規定下進行測試,而測試只要一旦通過,就能讓世界上更多病人受惠。大馬政府不但認同蘇醫生團隊的努力,同時通過國家創新機構(AIM)撥款投資蘇醫生團隊的幹細胞研究,讓這個產自馬來西亞的醫療技術可以獲得世界級的認同。

蘇醫生是否過度醉心於研究,才會取得這樣的研究成果,他坦言如果有選擇,他寧願繼續專注於治療工作,而他的研究只是為了探索能夠減輕病人痛楚的醫療方法。蘇醫生對醫學的詮釋非常簡單,我們只是在協助自然過程,還是必須要依靠人體自愈。

蘇醫生,畢業自英國利物浦醫學院,行醫近30年,目前是專長膝蓋與肩膀關節鏡手術的矫形外科醫生。1994年,在英國待了15年的他,在決定回國之前,在不同的地方探討發展的可能性,最後覺得馬來西亞既是家,也看到了發展潛能,就決定落戶吉隆坡。多年來致力發展關節鏡手術,期間也從事教學工作。如今,對於回國發展決定,他沒有一絲悔意。他認為,如果繼續待在英國,他或許無法設立目前的醫療中心,以他喜歡的方式行醫——在蘇醫生的醫療中心裡,醫生、護士、復建團隊緊密合作,該中心更罕見的擁有自己的研究員。

蘇醫生是星洲網國慶專題“大馬製造,大馬驕傲”受訪人物之一。從8月20日開始推出的專題,主要想要讓大家推薦一些很努力的馬來西亞人,他們的努力沒有建造世界第一個高峰一樣雄心萬丈,沒有環繞世界一週那樣的霸氣,他們當中很多人不過只是追求自己最單純的夢想:創造自己的品牌、守護自己最想守護的事,或是像蘇醫生這樣,做一個減輕病人痛楚,協助病人復原的醫生,但我們認為,就是這樣的最實在的堅持與努力,才能展現馬來西亞人的堅韌與無限潛能。

這是真正的馬來西亞故事,這是我們真正的驕傲。

via 大馬首創醫術‧讓軟骨磨損者看見曙光 – 藝文空間 – 記人事 – 生活誌.

Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council anchors itself in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong (HKSAR) – The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) regional office in Hong Kong opened recently, bringing to three the number of Asian offices of the Malaysian Government-funded body.

The Chief Executive Officer of the MHTC, Dr Mary Wong, said that Hong Kong was chosen as a regional office location not just because of its close proximity and ties to the Mainland but also because of its central location in the region and its status as a financial centre.

“We can do a lot from Hong Kong, like in terms of networking with Mainland hospitals for referral of patients and promoting our presence to both industry and patient groups,” Dr Wong said.

The number of visitors travelling from China (including Hong Kong) to Malaysia for medical treatment has doubled from 7 500 in 2010 to over 15 000 in 2012. Dr Wong sees the MHTC Hong Kong office as key to lifting this number to over 50 000 in three to five years.

She said that Malaysia is particularly favoured for treatments related to cardiology, oncology, orthopaedics, in vitro fertilisation, electron beam tomography and other treatments, and added that 11 new hospitals are being built in the country, making it a reliable choice for overseas patients seeking quality healthcare.

The MHTC office is located within the Malaysia Building in Wan Chai, providing a convenient resource and one-stop service centre for the industry and patients who want to know more about medical travel to the country.

The Director-General of Investment Promotion, Mr Simon Galpin, congratulated the MHTC on its opening in Hong Kong.

He said, “Hong Kong and Malaysia are both leading medical centres in the region. Given the close relationship of the medical professions in Hong Kong and the Mainland, by setting up here the MHTC is in a good position to extend its reach into China from our city.”

About the MHTC

The MHTC was established under the Ministry of Health Malaysia in 2009 upon the approval of the Malaysian Cabinet. It is the primary agency to develop and promote the healthcare travel industry and to position Malaysia as the healthcare destination of choice in the region.

The MHTC also has a presence in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Dhaka, Bangladesh. For more information, please click http://www.mhtc.org.my .

About Invest Hong Kong

Invest Hong Kong is the department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government established in July 2000 to take responsibility for Foreign Direct Investment and support overseas and Mainland businesses to set up or expand in Hong Kong. It provides free advice and customised services to help businesses succeed in Hong Kong’s vibrant economy.

As at June 2013, Invest Hong Kong has completed over 2 900 investment projects creating over 33 000 new jobs in the first year of operation or expansion and HK$76 billion of investment.

via Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council anchors itself in Hong Kong.

Source: HKSAR Government

KPJ Healthcare Q2 earnings down 27.3% due to new hospitals

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KUALA LUMPUR: KPJ Healthcare Bhd’s earnings fell 27.3% to RM25.29mil in the second quarter ended June 30, 2013 as it was impacted by losses from the newly-opened hospitals in the group.

It said on Friday its revenue rose 11% to RM587.69mil from RM529.29mil a year ago while earnings per share were 4.24 sen compared with 5.98 sen. It declared an interim dividend of 2.0 sen.

For the first half, its earnings fell 26% to RM50.38mil from RM68.13mil in the previous corresponding period. Its revenue rose 7.3% to RM1.132bil from RM1.054bil.

“The higher revenue for the period is mainly due to the increase in revenue of the existing hospitals and newly opened hospitals in the group,” it said.

On the Malaysian segment, it said revenue increased by 5% to RM1.012bil from RM965.8mil due to the increase in revenue of the existing hospitals and newly-opened hospitals in the group.

As for the Indonesian segment, it recorded revenue of RM17.7mil, up 72% from RM10.3mil a year ago due to contributions from PT Khidmat Perawatan Jasa Medika in current quarter.

KPJ’s aged care facility segment recorded revenue of RM17.9mil, up 36% from RM13.2mil due to  the increase in the resale of Retirement Village unit in 2013.

Its support services segment posted revenue of RM287.3mil, up 18% from RM244mil.

via KPJ Healthcare Q2 earnings down 27.3% due to new hospitals – Business News | The Star Online.

IHH Healthcare expects to be hurt by falling ringgit, rupiah

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Dr Lim: ‘Because of the depreciation of the rupiah and the ringgit against the Singapore dollar of late,there will be an impact.’

 

PETALING JAYA: IHH Healthcare Bhd is bracing for an impact from the plunge of the Indonesian rupiah and the Malaysian ringgit against the Singaporean dollar, its top management said yesterday.

The hospital operator’s managing director Dr Lim Cheok Peng said at a press conference call yesterday that medical tourists from Indonesia presently made up a sizeable 18%-20% of IHH Singapore’s total patient volume while about 4% of medical tourists were from Malaysia.

“Singapore being the biggest contributor in terms of revenue and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), (this) may have an impact as a result of this shift.

“Because of the depreciation of the rupiah and the ringgit against the Singapore dollar of late, there will be an impact as a result of this,” Lim said.

“We see a little softening of the market (in Singapore).

“We hope this is only for the short term and things may normalise itself.

“We will be in trouble again, you know, if the rupiah crashes to 16,000 to the US dollar such as what had happened in the Asian financial crisis,” he added.

Lim noted that there would be affordability issues for medical tourists at its Singaporean hospitals should the rupiah and the ringgit plunge against the US dollar.

Its chief financial officer Tan See Haw said that this was seen in the second quarter for financial year 2013 ended June 30.

During the period, Singaporean patients’ admission growth outnumbered foreign ones.

“You cannot avoid the short term implications of currency volatility, but the demand in the long term for healthcare is such that it will grow on demographic trends,” Tan said.

Based on these factors, the company will continue pursuing a growth strategy to expand bed count and is expected to add 3,300 beds over the next three years for its markets excluding Hong Kong from 4,700 beds at the moment.

“We should exceed 8,000 beds come 2017 if you include Hong Kong.

“We should have our presence through 46 hospitals then,” Lim said.

IHH yesterday reported its second quarter net profit, after minority interests excluding exceptional items and the recognition of the sale of medical suites, jumped 60% year-on-year to RM188.7mil.

The jump was due to the rise in EBITDA, savings in finance costs from loan repayment and a one-off RM22mil tax credit from the Singaporean tax authorities.

“The rise in EBITDA is due to growth in existing operations and continued cost efficiencies,” it said.

Its revenue, excluding recognition of the sale of medical suites, grew by 14% y-o-y to RM1.68bil from RM1.48bil while EBITDA registered a 20% rise y-o-y to RM419.6mil from RM349.2mil.

via IHH Healthcare expects to be hurt by falling ringgit, rupiah – Business News | The Star Online.

Tan Tock Seng Hospital launches Health City Novena

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Aerial View of Health City Novena. (Image: Tan Tock Seng Hospital)

Novena will soon boast a 17-hectare mega integrated healthcare hub built around Tan Tock Seng Hospital. It will link up healthcare facilities, as well as the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, to form “Health City Novena”.

SINGAPORE: Novena will soon boast a 17-hectare mega integrated healthcare hub built around Tan Tock Seng Hospital. It is set to be completed by 2030.

It will link up healthcare facilities, as well as the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, to form “Health City Novena”.

The project was spearheaded by Tan Tock Seng Hospital, the National Healthcare Group and the Health Ministry.

Central Singapore is ageing faster than the rest of the country — the population of seniors aged 65 and above in the area is about 15 per cent, compared to the national average of 10 per cent.

Thus, the launch of Health City Novena is timely.

From acute to intermediate and long-term care, Health City Novena will offer the full range of holistic care services.

It will also extend beyond healthcare to encompass a complete and holistic eco-system that includes health services, research and education, commercial, leisure and public spaces.

Health City Novena will also see more resources channelled to ambulatory and intermediate care, including rehabilitation, sub-acute care and palliative care, to facilitate the transition of patients back to the community and health.

It includes a proposed development called the Integrated Intermediate Care Hub (IICH) which comprises Dover Park Hospice and a proposed second community hospital. This is for patients who are in need of step-down care.

Health Minster Gan Kim Yong said: “Hubs will be created within Health City to foster better integration of care between healthcare providers.

“For example, the Community Care Hub will consist of the existing Ren Ci Hospital and a future intermediate care facility — both of which will be linked to Tan Tock Seng Hospital for seamless patient transfers.”

Professor Chee Yam Cheng, Group CEO of the National Healthcare Group, is hoping that the billing system is integrated throughout the various facilities.

He said: “We hope for the billing system to be the same. So that when patients come to an acute facility through the emergency department, the care will be seamless through the various facilities according to their needs and then they can go home from there.”

Another development is the National Centre for Infectious Diseases, which is a hospital with isolation wards, intensive care units and support facilities including laboratories.

The centre will also serve as a research and training ground to boost expertise in the field.

When Health City Novena is fully developed, healthcare-related space in Novena will jump by 150 per cent.

Total bed capacity for Health City is expected to increase by 12 per cent for acute care, and 60 per cent for intermediate step-down care.

This would mean that for every 10 acute beds, the number of step-down beds in Health City will increase from four to six.

This facilitates patients’ transition back to the community.

The developments will be conducted in two phases. The first phase of construction is targeted for completion between 2018 and 2020, while the second phase will be completed by 2030.

Tan Tock Seng Hospital sees about 15,000 people visiting its premises everyday. By the time Health City Novena has been built around 2030, this number is expected to double to about 30,000.

People will find it easier to move around as the buildings in this area will be connected via a network of roads, bridges and basement carparks.

– CNA/fa/ac

via Tan Tock Seng Hospital launches Health City Novena – Channel NewsAsia.

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