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Hospitals Undergoing Digital Transformation to Benefit People in SW China's Chongqing

By RAN ZHENGICHONGQING|Aug 06,2022

Chongqing- The Chongqing Health Commission announced the shortlist of 46 digital health application scenarios covering big healthcare data, artificial medical intelligence, and digital health collaborative governance recently, which promotes a bunch of applications that will benefit the public.

Doctors in Chongqing Haifu Medical conduct remote consultations through the China-Singapore (Chongqing) International Data Channel to connect with Singapore Ferui Hospital.

Doctors in Chongqing Haifu Medical conduct remote consultations through the China-Singapore corporation to connect with Singapore Ferui Hospital. (Photo provided to iChongqing)

The leading units of these 46 digital health application scenarios involve the Children’s Hospital, the Second Affiliated Hospital, and the University-Town Hospital of Chongqing Medical University.

5G remote diagnosis for children’s treatment

The Children’s Hospital of Chongqing Medical University will construct a pediatric 5G remote diagnosis and treatment platform.

In particular, it will develop a 5G telehealth cloud platform that will handle all aspects of the process, including online service appointments, payments, auxiliary diagnosis, online diagnosis and treatment, and medicine distribution. A private 5G network will also be created to explore online medical insurance payments.

“In recent years, we have been actively exploring smart medical services,” said a relevant person in charge of Children’s Hospital of Chongqing Medical University.

The hospital’s real-name registration has reached 100%, and more than 1.51 million e-health cards have been registered. Patients can schedule appointments via the website, WeChat, and Alipay. The hospital has also successively launched online inquiries and inter-diagnostic payments, achieving about 100,000 online consultation payments per month.

Furthermore, the hospital has delivered more than 42,000 online prescriptions in constructing Internet medical services, 46% of which were for children from other cities. The medicines were distributed to Sichuan Province, Guizhou Province, and Yunnan Province.

5G IoT and ADR to ensure patients’ safety

The University-Town Hospital of Chongqing Medical University led the projects for the application and construction of intelligent wards based on 5G+ Internet of Things(IoT) and ADR(adverse drug reaction) platforms based on real-world data.

The latter is aimed at the clinical problem of ADRs during the medication process, using advanced artificial intelligence technology to establish a medical data-driven clinical prediction model for adverse drug events, including laboratory indicators, imaging tests, and biomarkers.

An ADR platform is to provide a scientific basis for clinical decision-making, supports individualized intervention, and ensures patient medication safety.

5G innovative applications for elderly treatment

The 13th People’s Hospital of Chongqing (Chongqing Geriatric Hospital) led the construction of 5G+ innovative applications for chronic wound treatment in the elderly.

According to the person in charge, the hospital would integrate “Internet + nursing,” home health care for the elderly who are disabled or semi-disabled, palliative care, chronic wound care, and public health services.

Meanwhile, a multidisciplinary team (MDT) will build the medical chain to connect the hospital, community, and families.

This is to realize an effective online-offline referral, online consultation, and extended nursing to provide a high-quality and convenient health service for the elderly.

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