How China’s Telecom Operators Are Revolutionizing Healthcare Services

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By Jake Saunders | 3Q 2021 | IN-6283


Adoption of Internet in Healthcare Industry


In its efforts to enhance public health services, China rolled out its Internet Plus Healthcare (IPHC) initiative in 2018 to modernize healthcare management, innovate service models, raise service efficiency, optimize resource allocation, and to meet the rising demand for health services. Under this initiative, healthcare institutions are also encouraged to collaborate with internet firms to improve integration and sharing of regional healthcare information. These enhancements have essentially led to the rise of telemedicine and online hospitals in China. To date, the initiative is nearing its next stage— “IPHC 3.0”. IPHC 3.0 establishes the linkage between medical care, medicine, medical insurance, big data, and smart diagnostic systems to deliver a wide range of applications that could be operated offline or online. In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, China’s three major telecom operators have revolutionized the traditional healthcare model with emerging technologies such as 5G, cloud computing, and big data.


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