Hospitals now are encouraged to divide appointments into different time periods to prevent everyone from coming in at rush hours. Smart hospitals also will be encouraged to help improve efficiency, which was exemplified by one hospital in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. In that hospital, patients can make appointments, pay bills and see results of checkups on their computers or mobile phones.
Internet technologies will be further used to help rebalance the distribution of medical services across the country and provide better services, especially in central and western parts of China, Zeng said.
"Medical resources are clustered in major hospitals in large cities, leading to scarcity of such resources in rural areas and faraway places. ... Therefore, we hope internet technologies can make the access to high-quality doctors and medical services easier for less-developed areas and, thus, change the imbalance," Zeng added.