DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Microsoft developing health chatbot platform – Lifespan aims to cut $182 million in costs with GE partnership – Hitachi working to reduce hospital readmissions

The tech giant is developing the platform as a part of its Healthcare NExT program and has partnered with Aurora Health Care to create the Aurora Digital Assistant, a new chatbot service that aims to demonstrate how digital assistants can benefit not only patients but healthcare providers and networks, too. Currently, the platform is being privately previewed to Microsoft’s new partners. Microsoft hopes the service will help make it easier for users to access medical info from their smartphones. Aurora patients can “text” the digital assistant in a conversational manner via an app,…

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Trans-Pacific Partnership poses food dangers

It is hard to disagree with former national security adviser Gen. Brent Scowcroft’s endorsement of the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership: By greatly cutting tariff and nontariff barriers to trade, the 12-member agreement would spur U.S. exports of mechanical and electrical equipment, advanced materials, pharmaceuticals and many other goods. As Scowcroft’s biographer, I find it a bit awkward to openly disagree with a man for whom I have great respect and with whom I usually agree. But when it comes to eliminating restrictions on agricultural exports and food safety, the Trans-Pacific Partnership…

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Pokemon Go Launched in India in Partnership With Reliance Jio

Pokemon Go – unarguably the most sensational mobile video game of 2016 – has finally been launched in India. Interestingly, Niantic Inc., the developer behind the augmented reality mobile game along with The Pokemon Company, has partnered with Reliance Jio to bring the game to the country. The game is now available to download via Google Play and the App Store. (Also see:  Meet India’s Pokemon Go Players Who Gotta Catch ‘Em All) As a part of this partnership, Reliance Digital Stores and company’s select partner premises in India will appear as ‘PokeStops’…

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Nova Lifestyle (NVFY), Future World Lifestyle Enter Business Partnership

Nova LifeStyle, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVFY) announced the Company has continued to expand its e-commerce presence by partnering with Future World LifeStyle, which will feature Diamond Sofa Smart Furniture on its www.weilai178.com website. Future World Lifestyle offers its 3 million plus members a reward redemption program that can be used for products listed on the site. Tawny Lam, President and Interim CEO of Nova LifeStyle stated, “Our partnership with Future World Lifestyle demonstrates continued success in expanding our presence in the e-commerce marketplace. By partnering with a platform such as this,…

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