Digital doctors: China sees tech cure for healthcare woes
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Liu Chunming almost died after a car crash in July in Taihe, a remote county in China’s southeast Jiangxi province, but survived serious abdominal injuries thanks to specialist doctors who led his treatment from 1,000 kms (621 miles) away.
From a central “operations room” in the eastern city of Hangzhou, doctors diagnosed and directed treatment for the 48-year-old using live video feeds and software that shares patient scans and files to aid consultation.
Liu’s case – one of a growing number of distance healthcare cases in China – reflects the rise in digital healthcare, or eHealth, to bridge the chasm between China’s developed health services in large cities and its grassroots rural care.
And that’s a multi-billion dollar opportunity for technology firms.