Smart Med­i­cal Treat­ment

China Pictorial (English) - - Contents - Edited by Zhou Xin

From big data, cloud com­put­ing and artificial in­tel­li­gence to the mo­bile in­ter­net, new tech­nolo­gies are trans­form­ing al­most ev­ery facet of daily life. Med­i­cal treat­ment is a cru­cial need for ev­ery­one. What will health­care be like in the fu­ture? China is ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties for in­no­va­tion.

Gen­er­ally, smart med­i­cal treat­ment falls into a hand­ful of cat­e­gories. Firstly, the tech­nol­ogy of big data is be­ing used in the med­i­cal sec­tor. In 2015, China’s State Coun­cil is­sued a frame­work plan of na­tional med­i­cal treat­ment ser­vice sys­tem for next 6 years (2015-2020). Ac­cord­ing to the plan, China will set up a na­tional elec­tronic health­care and med­i­cal his­tory data­base. The data­base will greatly en­hance hos­pi­tal man­age­ment and anal­y­sis of med­i­cal sit­u­a­tions of the whole pop­u­la­tion. Sec­ondly, hos­pi­tals are get­ting smarter. Chi­nese woes re­lated to med­i­cal treat­ment are partly caused by in­ef­fi­cient and low- qual­ity med­i­cal ser­vices. Hos­pi­tals in China are im­ple­ment­ing pi­lot projects to build smart hos­pi­tals. They have launched mo­bile plat­forms and pro­vided on­line ser­vices to pa­tients, bring­ing dra­matic changes to pre­vi­ous pro­cesses. Thirdly, new tech­nolo­gies are be­ing ap­plied in med­i­cal treat­ment. Ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies re­lated to artificial in­tel­li­gence such as the

smart speech recog­ni­tion sys­tem and smart med­i­cal im­age de­tec­tion are flour­ish­ing and help­ing med­i­cal treat­ment. Ma­chines are some­times more ac­cu­rate than even the most ex­pe­ri­enced doc­tors. Fourthly, ad­vanced bi­o­log­i­cal tech­nolo­gies are be­ing ap­plied to the re­search and devel­op­ment of new medicines.

The thriv­ing in­dus­try has been pro­pelled by many pi­o­neers. Yu Jian­feng, CEO of Zhuo­jian Tech, is a doc­tor in the First Af­fil­i­ated Hos­pi­tal of Zhe­jiang Univer­sity. Amazed by the at­trac­tive fu­ture of smart med­i­cal treat­ment, he started his own com­pany in 2011. Now its prod­ucts pro­vide on­line med­i­cal con­sul­ta­tion and di­ag­noses, cre­ate mo­bile hos­pi­tals and pro­vide on­line med­i­cal train­ing. “Mo­bile hos­pi­tal” refers to an app through which pa­tients can make an ap­point­ment, find where to go, check test re­sults and make pay­ments. All of th­ese pro­cesses can now be com­pleted on a smart­phone. On the doc­tor ver­sion of the app, the doc­tor can make di­ag­noses, search for the med­i­cal knowl­edge they need, check and change shifts, ar- range and man­age their pa­tients and more. Yu’s goal is to make as many med­i­cal ser­vices as pos­si­ble fit in your hand.

Many lead­ing in­no­va­tors in artificial in­tel­li­gence are also eye­ing and cash­ing in on smart med­i­cal treat­ment. For in­stance, ifly­tek, a com­pany renowned for its ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy in speech recog­ni­tion, is ap­ply­ing its tech­nol­ogy in hos­pi­tals. It has cre­ated soft­ware to fil­ter noise, tran­scribe doc­tors’ dis­cus­sions with pa­tients and send doc­tors the med­i­cal lit­er­a­ture they need to make their work eas­ier. When doc­tors’ hands are oc­cu­pied such as dur­ing a surgery, they can use the de­vice de­vel­oped by ifly­tek to record voice and pro­duce au­to­mated notes. More­over, the com­pany’s soft­ware also or­ga­nizes record­ings and pro­duces stan­dard pa­tient his­tory.

This promis­ing sec­tor is at­tract­ing greater at­ten­tion. With surg­ing ideas and cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies, med­i­cal treat­ment will soon be­come more con­ve­nient, cheaper and health­ier over­all.

March 22, 2017: A smart guide ro­bot be­gins of­fer­ing ser­vice in the Chi­nese PLA Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. VCG

July 3, 2017: Res­i­dents make pay­ments with their so­cial se­cu­rity cards at a self-ser­vice ter­mi­nal in a hos­pi­tal in Ningbo City, Zhe­jiang Prov­ince. VCG

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