First online hospital is launched
A hospital in Guangdong province has launched the country’s first online hospital for patients with common ailments.
Patients go to a nearby pharmacy, log in, have a video chat with a doctor, receive a prescription and buy the medicine at the store. The process can take minutes, and is seen as way to relieve pressure on big hospitals.
In the past month of trials, the virtual hospital received 60 to 100 patients a day, most with coughs, fevers or headaches. When doctors found a complex situation, they recommended a checkup at a hospital.
The new service by No 2 Provincial People’s Hospital in Guangzhou is free, but the hospital is seeking approval to charge 10 yuan ($1.64) per patient visit.