China is facing great challenges within health care and is increasingly looking for innovative solutions within health IT, which are long term and efficient. Especially in such areas as telemedicine, mobile technology and data management. Therefore, health care is central to the present 12th Five-Year Plan, and China aims to increase the number of public hospitals in China by 5,000 over the next 30 years.
Denmark is a pioneer when it comes to welfare technology and the use of IT within the healthcare sector. The delegation to China this week is meant to ensure that Danish Health IT companies and institutions can play a part in the challenges China face within this area.
Innovation Centre Denmark and Invest in Denmark, part of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are co-organizing the delegation and Minister for Trade and Investment Pia Olsen Dyhr explains why the visit has great potential for Danish business and welfare in general:
“China faces great challenges within the welfare sector, which Denmark can help to solve. This delegation is a unique opportunity for Danish sector experts to get the necessary knowledge and understanding of concrete needs and opportunities within the health IT sector in China and gain contacts that can lead to collaboration with Chinese companies and institutions.”
A few examples of the challenges China faces :
- The provision of one health system in a country with the geographical size of Europe
- China doesn’t have a layer of general practitioners. All consultations and treatments take place at hospitals.
- Traditionally, elderly people are being looked after at home. This poses a huge challenge as China’s population is aging due to its 4-2-1 societal structure with four grandparents, two parents and one child as a consequence of the on child-policy.
- China is increasingly experiencing challenges similar to what we know from Denmark of addressing chronic diseases as diabetes and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Niels Ejskjær, MD PhD and assistant Professor at Aarhus University Hospital and participant at the delegation explains why they wish to explore this sector in China:
“We wish to form concrete connections and lay the foundation for future collaboration and joint projects with the Chinese. That is why we are participating. We have the opportunity to brand Denmark as a world leader within transformation of service, and also a chance to turn everything upside down and look into if China can teach us something about the clinical needs we deal with. Furthermore the delegation forms a networking group between the participants and bridge to Chinese counterparts. This can potentially lead to opportunities for development for both Denmark and China,” he says.
It is The National Partnership UNIK (Use of New Technologies in Innovative Solutions for Chronic Patients), Medico Innovation, GTS and Innovation Centre Denmark in Shanghai that have arranged the first national health IT delegation to China (Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong). It takes place from September 23-28 and 30 representatives from small and larger Danish companies, universities and network organisations will participate in the delegation.
In Shanghai, the delegation will amongst others visit East China Hospital, one of the pilot hospitals within telemedicine in China. as well as MindRay Medical Instruments, the largest med-tech company in China. Furthermore in Shenzhen, several theme based seminars are organized to accommodate the common interest from both companies, universities and hospitals. In Hong Kong the delegation participates in a seminar with focus on med-tech and commercial development of the health-IT sector in China and in addition, companies can join matchmaking and a R&D workshops.
For further information please contact:
Rasmus Duong-Grunnet, Innovation Officer, Innovation Centre Denmark, Shanghai