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Apr 08, 2019 @ 02:04 by Dr. Mei Wang

Latest Trends in China’s Digital Healthcare Service Industry

Healthcare is the largest sector in the world - but also one that poses the most challenges. Especially China, which hospitals can be summed up as overcrowded, understaffed and overstrained need to find solutions to meet the increasing demand for healthcare. We want to have a closer look how startups use the latest technologies to solve the challenges in healthcare. 

People crowd the outpatient service registration center at Zhengzhou First, China’s largest hospital, in Zhengzhou, Henan province, June 28, 2015. Xu Xiaolin/Sixth Tone
People crowd the outpatient service registration center at Zhengzhou First, China’s largest hospital, in Zhengzhou, Henan province, June 28, 2015. Xu Xiaolin/Sixth Tone

Have you ever been to a hospital in China? If yes, you may know that healthcare is available, yet its access requires patience. Waiting periods of several hours are not an isolated case, as doctors have to take care of hundreds of patients every day. As a result, the ability to make a proper diagnosis is limited.

Healthcare Challenges in China

On a general level, large differences occur between private and statutory insurances - especially when it comes to quality and affordability of each. Although the local government provides basic healthcare services to every citizen, the situation in Chinese hospitals can be summed up as overcrowded, understaffed and overstrained.
Doctors are put under a lot of pressure while being at the same time proportionately underpaid. In addition to that, the aging population and the increasing number of chronic diseases intensify challenges for all participants. On first sight, it seems impossible that China’s constantly increasing demand for healthcare can be met.

However, we identify and assess China to lead the digital transformation of the healthcare system!

The strong digital infrastructure and pressure from all key stakeholders including patients, hospitals and the government drive more and more companies to tackle the present challenges in healthcare. Supported by Big Data, AI and IoT, new technologies are brought to the market and chances of finding suitable solutions increase.
If you want to know more about how AI can solve the challenge of doctor shortage, click here.  

Startups and Unicorns

X-ray of a hand

Let’s have a closer look at six successful start-ups and how they use the latest technologies to improve patient experience and counteract doctors shortage:

Last year, a competition in cancer diagnosis showed that BioMind, an AI system, made more accurate and faster diagnoses than the human doctors.
You can find more information about the competition here.

WeDoctor is an online healthcare service provider which connects over 2,700 hospitals, 220,000 leading doctors, 15,000 pharmacies and 27 million monthly-active users. It provides diagnosis and online appointment booking with the aim to achieve healthcare for the masses.
Read more about the founder and CEO Mr. Jerry Liao Jieyuan.

wearables help to measure health data in real time

Huami Technology
By selling more than 50 million units, Huami established itself as a leader in the wearable industry. The company strives to seamlessly connect daily activities and biomechanical signals with smart data. In 2018, Huami connected their wearables to satellite communications in order to manage an automatic reporting which can save lives. 

Find here how the company plans to revolutionize the market in 2019?

Chunyu Yisheng
The two-sides platform allows patients to directly connect themselves with physicians. Thus, users can be advised promptly while physicians earn some extra money. The freemium model is very successful and therefore, it is hardly surprising that this company received one of the biggest investments as healthcare startup with over $243.4M.
Find more about how this app works.

Latest technologies help physicians to diagnose and treat patients faster

Ping an: One-minute clinic
Patients enter the booth and the  ‘AI Doctor’ Software assess conditions and supports human physician diagnosis. After receiving a diagnosis, patients can get their prescriptions from the attached smart vending machine. More Than 3 Million Users have already tried the doctor alternative and received better advice -Thanks to Big Data.
More about the staffless solution.

Quyi Network
Quyi Network combines internet and medical health, helping medical institutions to achieve an internet service transformation. To build a sustainable Internet medical ecosystem, Quyi launched its medical app Qu Yi Yuan. The app connects medical institutions, patients, doctors, medical instrument manufacturers together.
Read more about Quyi Network.
If you want to learn more about the Chinese healthcare market and its latest innovations feel free to contact us!
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About the author
As a digital innovation expert from China who has lived in Europe for 18 years, Mei’s personal as well as professional mission is to inspire Western companies with the latest insights from the Silicon Dragon, to empower digital transformation journeys of MNEs and to accelerate digital growth and global co-creation by connecting the West with the East. With a vision to “create a new kind of global digital innovation network”, she co-founded the Chin:fected team in January 2018 together with three colleagues from dgroup. 

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