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International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare
INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON QUALITY AND SAFETY IN HEALTHCARE
July 17-17, 2019
All organisations whatever sector need to change and adapt.
Yet successfully delivering change can be challenging.
If you’re to get better at leading and managing change this workshop is for you.

2nd International Conference on Obesity and Chronic Diseases
2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON OBESITY AND CHRONIC DISEASES
July 18-19, 2019
ME Conferences extends warm welcome to International Conference on Obesity and Chronic Disease on March 11-12, 2019 Bali, Indonesia with a theme “Novel Therapeutics and Dietary Management for Obesity & Chronic Diseases”. Participating at Chronic Obesity 2019 will provide with an exce...


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Best Buy announced that it has acquired GreatCall for $800. GreatCall is an old guard digital health company that started out making smartphones for seniors in 2006 but now offers a suite of connected safety products and services for aging in place individuals. The acquisition comes as retail giants are increasingly active in healthcare. Best Buy rival WalMart, for instance, in June filed a patent to protect a method for accessing patient data from EHRs and wearables via blockchain. And word got...
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EVENTS

International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare
INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON QUALITY AND SAFETY IN HEALTHCARE
July 17-17, 2019
All organisations whatever sector need to change and adapt.
Yet successfully delivering change can be challenging.
If you’re to get better at leading and managing change this workshop is for you.

2nd International Conference on Obesity and Chronic Diseases
2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON OBESITY AND CHRONIC DISEASES
July 18-19, 2019
ME Conferences extends warm welcome to International Conference on Obesity and Chronic Disease on March 11-12, 2019 Bali, Indonesia with a theme “Novel Therapeutics and Dietary Management for Obesity & Chronic Diseases”. Participating at Chronic Obesity 2019 will provide with an exce...