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Ten trends in China's health industry in 2016

BEIJING, Jan. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- China's medical service and health care industry will likely continue to grow explosively in 2015, with new business models emerging and taking shape, according to a latest industry research report.

The industry consultancy IDC expects information technologies such as data analysis and cloud computing to drive the upgrade of medical services.

"New medical service and health management model will leap into maturity and develop a sustainable profit pattern," said Xiao Hongliang, IDC's senior research manager.

 

Let's take a look at the 10 major trends compiled by the IDC that will likely determine China's health industry in 2016.

 

1. Importance of health management data to rise significantly

The development of mobile Internet, wearable gadget and O2O (online-to-offline) is bringing health care industry into a new phase. Due to the reforms underway, community health care system will operate in a more efficient way in 2015.

New medical centers managed under PPP (public-private partnership) and BOT (build-operate-transfer) model will emerge as additions to traditional public hospitals.

 

2. A third research platform will promote bio-scientific breakthrough

Consultancy firm IDC expects medical research to accelerate in 2015, as more hospitals are actively involved in drug clinical trials. A follow-up system on patients will be established, and analysis on the data gathered will support clinical research.

 

3. Reforms will include separation of clinic from pharmacy

E-commerce behemoth Alibaba achieved breakthrough cooperation with hospitals in Hebei province last year, where patients can now make an appointment online and pick up medicines at pharmacy after the treatment.

Medical reforms in 2015 are expected to include further separation of clinic from pharmacy and Internet will play a more important role.

 

4. Data-enabled pilot programs to cover wider areas

The IDC expects individual medical record and health information to constitute a colossal data system, which can be used for future diagnosis and treatment. Thanks to Internet, wearable devices and more doctors' involvement in the running of the system, data analysis will accelerate and achieve more breakthroughs.

 

5. New forms of health management to emerge in large numbers

The concept of health management has really been a hit and contains a market potential of 20 billion yuan in the next five years. Enabled with mobile applications, data cloud and participation of medical professionals, the O2O businesses will grow rapidly and provide all-dimensional services to customers.

 

6. Doctors to flow more smoothly and effectively

As Beijing now allows doctors to practice at multiple sites, other municipal governments are expected to push forward similar relaxation. Licensed doctors can finally offer legitimate medical services to Internet and mobile health care agencies. Chinese residents can have family doctors in a real sense.

 

7. Private hospitals with healthcare functions to grow rapidly

The general office of the National Health and Family Planning Commission has launched a series of policies in the past two years to promote an effective flow of medical resources and make the best use of their social benefits. Thanks to that, private hospitals, though low-profiled, grew rapidly in 2014.

Such momentum will likely continue this year and private hospitals will adopt more cutting-edge information technology.

 

8. Cloud computing technology to board with medical service

The IDC expects cloud computing technology to break ice and connect with medical service in 2015. Hospitals will update their central apparatus rooms and prepare for the application of next-generation technology.

 

9. Internet medical service model leaps to maturity

Internet medical service will likely continue to grow explosively in 2015, with an increasing number of hospitals expanding their services online where doctors can answer inquiries and prescriptions from afar.

 

10. Hospitals to upgrade and rebuild IT structures

 

Internet medical services and new health management products are increasingly challenging the operation of traditional hospitals. As a result, such technology and industrial innovation is pushing hospitals to upgrade and rebuild their IT structure, and bring changes to their services.

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