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Future-proofing healthcare in China

November 22, 2021 | 2 min read

By Ian Chuang, MD

Asian woman research scientist working on a desktop computer in a lab.

Although the number of nurses in China has increased, it is thought that the country still needs an additional 450,000 general practitioners.

The pandemic has placed a greater need for medical facilities globally to carefully consider existing patient care and look towards technology to help provide more efficient treatment. In a recent article, Dr. Ian Chuang discusses the ever-evolving state of the digital eco-system and what this could mean for healthcare in the future within China.

Technology has been a pillar within the medical world for a number of years and there have been numerous plans to propel this growth.  One being the plan to Strengthen Basic Research "From 0 to 1", which was issued by five ministries and institutions back in March 2020. This action plan has called for national support to advance the digital systems adopted by clinicians, including innovation in high-end medical devices and artificial intelligence.

It isn’t unknown that the pandemic brought to light the huge shortage of medical professionals within China. It is thought that the country still needs an additional 450,000 general practitioners and 10 million nursing staff. In this article, Dr. Ian Chuang highlights the need to strengthen the current healthcare infrastructures and use technology as a way to support and equip clinicians with the tools they need to deliver quality patient care.