“Information technology is an important element in the future development of healthcare reform in China,” said Chen Zhu, Minister of Health, during a speech at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2012. “More than 60% of all people living in major cities and rural areas are covered by an e-health documentation system, and even country doctors are using computers in their daily work,” Zhu told attendees at the Summer Davos Forum, as the event is commonly known. It was held in Tianjin from 11 to 13 September.
The overarching theme at this year’s forum was Building the Future Economy; implementing a sustainable healthcare system was among the subtopics. Zhu commented that speeding up the expansion and enhancement of China’s healthcare system in China not only will reduce social burdens but also generate new jobs.
The government hopes to further develop IT and e-health to effectively transfer quality medical technology and education resources to outlying cities and regions. This is the strongest signal the Ministry of Health has sent yet via official channels of its determination to expand the reach and sophistication of healthcare throughout the country.