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Brazil's RedeRio to hone key techs policy:

This article was originally published in Clinica

Executive Summary

RedeRio, an R&D network centred in Rio de Janeiro state, is Brazil's latest initiative to hone policy in key areas of medtech use. The network comprises leading R&D institutes and hospitals in the areas of orthopaedics (INTO), cardiology (INCL), cancer (INCA) and infant-maternal care (such as Hospital de Ipanema). Its first task will be to "assess the potential of the installations and equipment of the hospitals and institutes involved", said the health ministry. RedeRio's input will be used to support policy affecting the national delivery of so-called mid- to high-complexity care, currently worth an estimated R$17bn (US$7.9m) of the R$22bn budgeted for primary care. Cardiology high-complexity care alone has a R$800m budget.

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