China to become One of the Largest Telemedicine Markets Thanks to Provincial Level Expansion Programs

Published By : 03 Dec 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Telemedicine has been gaining increased global attention in recent years and China is on its way to becoming one of the world’s largest telemedicine markets.

A year after the development of a national telemedicine network in China received wide-scale promotion from the People’s Republic of China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, several telemedicine pilot programs have already been implemented in various provinces. This is sure to strengthen the foundation for telemedicine at local levels in the country and also provide expansion opportunities for various US health care companies. 

A report by the Provincial Government in Sichuan indicates that Sichuan is the first province to launch a local level pilot program on Guidance on Family Telemedicine. The Guidance states that medical practitioners and medical institutions must obtain a Certificate of Authority before it offers family centric telemedicine services. This certificate will be given out by the Family Telemedicine Center in Sichuan and handed over to medical institutions that qualify for the pilot programs. It will later be issued by those medical institutions to their registered practitioners. 

Medical institutions that wish to offer family telemedicine services need to be a tier 2, grade 1 medical institution or above and mist have relevant qualified technology, personnel, facilities, and equipment as well as have relevant departments that correspond to the required practice areas. 

Those medical practitioners who wish to provide family telemedicine services need to be registered at a tier 2, grade 1 medical institution or above, must pass the necessary examination as well as training at the Sichuan Family Telemedicine Center, and must have a practice for a minimum of three years. 

In addition to this, the Guidance on Family Telemedicine Pilot Programs requires that patients register with their real names in order to receive family telemedicine services. 

The first hospitals in Sichuan to launch the telemedicine pilot programs will be the Provincial People’s Hospital and the Sichuan University Huaxi Hospital.

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