Alibaba signs in­ter­net-pow­ered health­care deal

Global Times - - Biz Update -

Alibaba has signed an agree­ment to part­ner with Xi’an In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal In­vest­ment Co to of­fer in­ter­net-pow­ered med­i­cal ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by the lat­ter.

Alibaba’s ex­per­tise in in­ter­net tech­nol­ogy, mo­bile pay­ment, big data, cloud com­put­ing and other ar­eas will be in­te­grated with the com­pany’s med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions and re­search cen­ters, ac­cord­ing to Xi’an In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal In­vest­ment.

The co­op­er­a­tion in­cludes build­ing an in­ter­net-pow­ered hos­pi­tal and an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence med­i­cal in­no­va­tion lab.

Alibaba has been step­ping up in­vest­ment in the med­i­cal and health­care sec­tor in re­cent years, ink­ing part­ner­ships with hos­pi­tals in cities like Hangzhou, cap­i­tal of East China’s Zhe­jiang Prov­ince, and Wuhan, cap­i­tal of Cen­tral China’s Hubei Prov­ince.

China will green­light med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions to con­duct in­ter­net med­i­cal ser­vices as part of a broader push to pro­mote the In­ter­net Plus health­care plan, the State Coun­cil, China’s cab­i­net, said last week.

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