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China to promote Internet-powered healthcare
By:Xinhua
update:April 13,2018

 
China will speed up the inter-connectivity and sharing of medical information, and beef up the quality supervision of medical services and information security.
 
"We must waste no time in pushing forward the measures once the decision is made. In recent years, top-level hospitals in major cities have seen steady increases in the number of out-patients. Medical bills became a heavy burden on families, and high-end medical resources still fall short of meeting the growing demand of the public," Li said.
 
He said that to solve the problem, a two-pronged approach must be taken.
 
One is to establish medical partnerships such as healthcare consortiums to enhance the cooperation and coordination between major hospitals and community clinics.
 
The other is to bring forward Internet Plus Healthcare to facilitate the sharing of quality medical resources.
 
The government will see to it that long-distance healthcare services cover all healthcare consortiums and county-level hospitals, and the quality medical resources in the country's eastern areas be also made available to the central and western regions.
 
More efforts will be made to ensure that high-speed broadband network will be extended to cover medical institutions at all levels in urban and rural areas. Dedicated Internet access services will be set up to meet the need for long-distance healthcare services.
 
"Anything involving human life is of utmost importance. The government must step up financial support to establish dedicated Internet access services for medical purposes and increase the supply of high-end medical equipment at central hospitals in remote areas," Li said.
 
"Meanwhile, the government must enact related supportive policies, exercise prudent supervision and set up a sustainable mechanism to effectively tackle this important issue of public well-being," Li added.
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