E-health Opportunities

An Expert's View about Medical, Health and Cosmetics Products in China

Last updated: 20 Sep 2011

In China, with the development of information technology and growing healthcare demand, increasing attention has been given to using information and computer-based technology to deploy regional collaborative medical services, which is also known as e-Health.

Sector briefing E-health Opportunities in China Why China? In April 2009, the Chinese Government released its healthcare reform plan. The plan illustrates that China will make every effort to develop the healthcare and medical information system as one of the eight pillars of the new healthcare structure. th In China?s national 12 Five Year Plan (2011- 2015), e-health is marked as a key area of government investment. According to China Computer World Research, the overall investment in IT hardware, software and services in China?s healthcare market will reach RMB 15.34 billion (approx. £1.46 billion) in 2011, an increase of 25% over that of 2010. 2009-2020 will be the key period for the e- ?The overall investment in IT health industry development in China. hardware, software and You can find general information on the services in China?s Chinese market conditions on UKTI?s website. healthcare market will reach The Doing Business Guide for China gives an RMB 15.34 billion (approx. overview of China?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to £1.46 billion) in 2011, 25.5% other relevant issues. increase than that of 2010. ? UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: E-health opportunities in China cooperation between urban hospitals and Opportunities community health centres in the following areas: In China, with the development of information technology and growing healthcare demand, -long-distance diagnosis increasing attention has been given to using -joint diagnosis by experts information and computer-based technology to -multimedia healthcare information service deploy regional collaborative medical services, -online examination which is also known as e-Health. Opportunities -long-distance medical education and training for UK businesses in the E-health sector include: A few public hospitals have been chosen to ? construction and integration of carry out the telehealth pilot programmes. For regional healthcare information example: platform and medical information system ? China Unicom Guangdong Company and Nanfang Hospital, located in Guangzhou In order to promote the overall new healthcare City, jointly-established a remote medical reform, the government is geared to establish centre to achieve interactive clinical the two ?platforms? for the e-health system: the consultations, remote imaging, pathology regional healthcare information platform based consultation and long-distance training on the IHR (Individual Health Record), and the among 140 grass-roots hospitals by using medical information system based on EMR 3G. Ambulances are also equipped with (electronic medical records). More than RMB 3 Unicom WCDMA module to achieve real- billion (approx £290 Million), will be invested in time, high-speed transmission of patients? hospital information infrastructure in 2011. The images and medical data. majority of the investment will be focused on improving the information infrastructure in the ? Western China Hospital located in Chengdu country?s Western region, which is City, the largest hospital in China, has set comparatively less developed. up a telehealth centre. The centre covers 158 secondary hospitals and 20 community The two platforms aim to accelerate the hospitals in 12 provinces in the Western construction of unified health information China, providing long distance diagnosis to system and enhance the capacity of forecast, more than 1,000 patient and medical early warning, analysis, reporting and disease training to more than 200,000 professionals control. The new healthcare reform has called every year. for resources sharing among hospitals through IT system to achieve an optimum integration Among all the sub areas of telehealth, long and maximum synergy of medical services distance diagnosis is expected to be the focus resources. Efforts will be made to integrate of government investment in 2011. resources and set up unified information Opportunities exist for UK suppliers of video standards. Five provinces (municipalities), communication, joint diagnosis software, namely Chongqing, Xinjiang, Zhejiang, remote healthcare training software, Shanghai and Anhui have been selected to videophone and other smart portable video carry out pilot projects on establishing basic devices. health information system in China. ? The construction of IT applications in E-health providers therefore should consider rural and community health centres how to help healthcare authorities and medical institutions to set up platform with unified Though the majority of Chinese public hospitals standard to integrate different applications. have completed the first stage of hospital Opportunities in information security and data information construction, township hospitals analysis are also worth exploring. and community health service stations are still poorly equipped and lag behind in this aspect. ? Telehealth The Chinese Ministry of Health is in the process of building an information infrastructure to link The healthcare reform aims to develop remote up the primary and secondary healthcare diagnosis to make centralised hospital provision, with a focus on improving the three- resources accessible to rural and remote areas. tier rural healthcare service network at the Further effort will be put to promote the UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: E-health opportunities in China county, township and village levels. Newly-built medical service institutions will construct the IT infrastructure from scratch. There will be opportunities for UK companies that can establish a presence in China, and who could provide cost-effective IT services and localised information system to meet the market needs, as well as post-sales services including regular upgrade. If you have any questions on the opportunities above, contact Tracy Tang. Business opportunities aimed specifically at UK companies are added daily to UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas in British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors and in over 100 markets. You can be alerted to business opportunities on a regular basis by registering on the UKTI website. Find out more on UKTI?s business opportunities service on the UKTI website UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: E-health opportunities in China Major events and activities UKTI contacts China Hospital Information Conference Tracy Tang http://www.chima.org.cn/ Trade & Investment Officer Time: May, 2012 British Consulate Chongqing Tel: (0086 23) 6369 1560 China Healthcare Informatics Summit Email: tracy.tang@fco.gov.uk Time: September, 2011 (TBC), Chongqing www.ukti.gov.uk Anna Zhao Find full details of all events in this Trade & Investment Manager country and sector on the UKTI website. British Embassy Beijing New export events are added daily to the site Tel: (0086 10) 5192 4000 and you can register to be alerted to them on a Email: anna.zhao@fco.gov.uk daily, weekly or monthly basis. www.ukti.gov.uk UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) Carol Wang provides grant support for eligible Small & Trade & Investment Officer Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend British Embassy Beijing trade shows overseas. Find out more about Tel: (0086 10) 5192 4473 UKTI support for attendance at overseas Email: carol.wang@fco.gov.uk events. www.ukti.gov.uk David Ratcliffe Head of Life Sciences British Embassy Beijing Tel: (0086 10) 5192 4000 Email: david.ratcliffe2@fco.gov.uk www.ukti.gov.uk UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: E-health opportunities in China Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Chinese market are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in the Chinese market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in China, with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in global markets. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in the Chinese market to find contact details for your local UKTI ? 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Posted: 16 September 2011, last updated 20 September 2011

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