China seen driv­ing e-health­care

China Daily (USA) - - SHANGHAI | FOCUS - By LIU ZHENG in­Wuzhen, Zhe­jiang li­uzheng@chi­

China’s en­thu­si­as­tic adop­tion of in­no­va­tive e-health­care sys­tems could en­cour­age the rest of the world to make the in­ter­net an in­te­gral part of their med­i­cal care.

Liu Jiren, chair­man and CEO of Neu­soft Corp, one of China’s largest IT so­lu­tions and ser­vices providers, said the coun­try, be­ing an early mover into the field, enjoys many ad­van­tages, and can help build “in­ter­net+health­care” plat­forms across the world.

China’s big hos­pi­tals have con­tin­u­ally in­vested in up­grad­ing their IT in­fra­struc­ture. Com­bined with the surge in use of smart­phones, mo­bile in­ter­net and big in­vest­ments in in­no­va­tion, e-health­care has a bright fu­ture in China, he said at the third World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence in Wuzhen, Zhe­jiang prov­ince.

“Two of 20 hos­pi­tals equipped with the world’s most de­vel­oped in­ter­net­based man­age­ment sys­tems are based in China,” said Liu.“Com­pared with the US health­care re­form, we don’t have to over­come lega­cies and con­straints — and au­thor­i­ties (in China) have al­ways ini­ti­ated in­no­va­tive ideas to trans­form the in­dus­try.”

Liu at­tended the “In­ter­net + Smart Health­care” ses­sion and un­der­lined pro­mo­tion of col­lab­o­ra­tive in­no­va­tion and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween in­dus­try, uni­ver­si­ties, re­search cen­ters and app developers. All of them should seek new modes of global health gov­er­nance.

Neu­soft re­cently es­tab­lished Ningbo Cloud Hos­pi­tal, China’s first such plat­form. It is op­er­ated through col­lec­tion, anal­y­sis and use of large amount of health­care-re­lated data.

The cloud hos­pi­tal strength­ens in­dus­trial su­per­vi­sion, and helps con­trol ever-ris­ing health­care ex­penses. It also seeks ef­fec­tive ap­proaches to solve the prob­lem of ex­pen­sive and­dif­fi­cult­ways for in­di­vid­u­als to con­sult a doc­tor.

Cur­rently, it is con­nected to 100 health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions, and 226 doc­tors and fam­ily physi­cians.

Its four “cloud di­ag­no­sis rooms” fo­cus on hyper­ten­sion, di­a­betes, psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems and gen­eral ail­ments.

For long, ven­ture cap­i­tal has funded new projects in­volv­ing in­ter­net-driven health­care in China. Suc­cess of such ven­tures is en­cour­ag­ing the coun­try’s in­vestors, en­trepreneurs and academia to ex­plore the next higher level in this field.

Liu, how­ever, has­tened to add that doc­tors can never be re­placed by in­ter­net and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence. To cre­ate con­ve­nience for con­sumers, laws and reg­u­la­tions should not be dis­re­garded, he said.

Wang Chen, pres­i­dent of the China-Japan Friend­ship Hos­pi­tal in Bei­jing, said that pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the med­i­cal in­dus­try should be re­spected when in­vestors back ven­tures in­volv­ing co­op­er­a­tion with the in­ter­net sec­tor.

Liu Jiren, chair­man and CEO of Neu­soft Corp

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