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30.10.2021 – 02:51


Hangzhou, China (ots/PRNewswire)

On October 27, China’s National Health Commission (NHC), the agency responsible for the medical industry, issued a new policy calling for regulation of China’s fast-growing internet health industry. It is expected that this policy will lead the Chinese internet health industry into the era of standardized development.

According to the NHC, the number of internet hospitals in China exceeded 1,600 in June 2021. The Internet Hospital is a provider of online medical services such as online consultations. The first internet hospital in China was founded in 2015 in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, by the digital medical service platform WeDoctor.

This policy has generated a lot of interest in the Chinese health care industry since its publication. The online medical consultation regulatory policy has been well received in the industry, with the release of the policy being seen as beneficial to the development of the internet health industry, particularly some of the major digital medical platforms that exclusively offer online medical services.

The document, entitled “Rules on the Regulation of Online Medical Consultation (Draft for Comments)”, provides that doctors must authenticate their real identities before making consultations to ensure that these online consultations are conducted by the correct doctor. No other person, AI software, etc. may impersonate or replace the doctors themselves. As a result, some companies that focus on using AI technology to deliver advisory services could be negatively impacted.

China does not allow internet health platforms to use advice as a tool to sell prescription drugs. Policy suggests that uniform prescriptions and prescription replenishments should be banned, that the personal income of healthcare workers should not be linked to income from drugs and medical examinations, and that doctors should not name locations for the purchase of drugs and consumables.

Liao Jieyuan, founder of China’s largest digital medical services platform, WeDoctor, believes that politics has sent a clear signal that online medical advice should be of the same quality as that offered in physical facilities.

The 1.4 billion people in China have enormous health needs that hospitals cannot meet. Platforms like WeDoctor have harnessed technology to help balance the supply and demand imbalance in the Chinese healthcare industry.

According to a publicly published research report by the CICC, Internet health care regulation is becoming more transparent and standardized, and it is expected that companies that provide actual medical services and have a solid system of regulatory compliance will benefit the most.

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Original content from: WeDoctor, transmitted by news aktuell

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