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China's community-level medical services enhanced by use of pooled IT




China's community-level medical services enhanced by use of pooled IT

2024-06-18 21:56 Last Updated At:23:37

China has been pooling information technology to empower community-level healthcare institutions over the past few years, extending the reach of telemedicine services to all cities and counties, a health official said Tuesday.

The country's National Health Commission (NHC) on Tuesday held a press conference on the progress made in decentralizing urban medical resources to county hospitals and community-level medical institutions.

Fu Wei, director of the Primary Health Department at the NHC, said that the use of information technology is an effective means to empower grassroots capacity improvement, with telemedicine and artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted diagnosis improving the quality and efficiency of community-level services.

In recent years, China has guided local authorities to speed up the construction of community-level information systems and infrastructure, while improving the digital capacity of primary healthcare services, aiming to better meet the public needs for medical treatment, according to Fu.

"The first is actively promoting telemedicine services. A telemedicine service network has been established and improved to provide remote consultation services at the grassroots level. At present, the telemedicine service network covers all cities and counties, and is extending to community and rural institutions. Monitoring data shows that more than 70 percent of the country's township health centers have established a stable telemedicine cooperation relationship with upper-level hospitals," said Fu.

"The second is promoting the application of medical AI-assisted diagnosis and treatment technology at the grassroots level. Pilot projects have been carried out in some areas to provide community general practitioners and rural doctors with decision-making support for diagnosis and treatment of common and frequently-occurring diseases through the application of the auxiliary diagnosis and treatment system, which has improved the standardization level of electronic medical records and the quality of diagnosis and treatment services in community-level institutions," she said.

By the end of 2023, institutions in 27 pilot counties had provided more than 26 million diagnostic suggestions through the auxiliary diagnosis and treatment system, Fu said. Provincial-level regions including Anhui, Jiangxi, and Ningxia are also promoting the application of those systems at the grassroots level.

"The third is strengthening data sharing and operational synergy. Since the beginning of this year, the country has focused on promoting the unification of the information system of county-level medical consortia, and promoting the establishment of resource sharing centers for medical imaging, medical testing, and ECG diagnosis in county hospitals, so as to realize the mutual recognition of examination results in grassroots institutions and diagnosis results in higher-level hospitals. The county-level medical imaging center has covered 50 percent of township health centers," said Fu.

In some areas, authorities have established regional prescription review centers to conduct prescription pre-review and prescription evaluations and strengthen pharmaceutical management, so as to reduce public concerns about drug safety.

China's community-level medical services enhanced by use of  pooled IT

China's community-level medical services enhanced by use of pooled IT

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Xi's thought on culture guides modern Chinese civilization

2024-07-15 00:37 Last Updated At:01:17

China has been carrying out reform of the cultural system and made historic achievements under the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who bears a strong cultural self-consciousness and responsibility in fulfilling Chinese cultural rejuvenation and building modern Chinese civilization.

Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012, Xi has placed the work of public communication and culture in a prominent position, giving instructions and guidance in art, journalism, philosophy and social sciences, and culture, among others.

Xi introduced the concept of confidence in culture. He incorporated the core socialist values into the basic policy underpinning the endeavor to uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.

He also set clear tasks for public communication and culture: to uphold socialism with Chinese characteristics, rally public support, cultivate generations of young people with sound values and ethics, develop Chinese culture, and better present China to the world.

Eleven years ago, during his visit to Qufu, the birthplace of Confucius, in east China's Shandong Province, Xi looked closely at two reference books about Confucian thoughts.

In Yuelu Academy in Changsha, central Chinese province of Hunan, in 2020, Xi stared at a tablet inscribed with "seeking truth from facts" and stressed the importance of "making sure truth is grounded in the local context."

Two years later, in Sansu Temple, the former residence of Su Xun and his two sons Su Shi and Su Zhe, three literary masters of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), Xi emphasized the significance of drawing ideas and thinking on governance from the fine traditional Chinese culture.

In 2021, during a visit to a park dedicated to Zhu Xi, a Neo-Confucian master of the Song Dynasty, Xi put forward to boost the vitality of fine traditional Chinese culture with the spirit of the time.

"We should respect and carry forward the 5,000-year-long Chinese civilization, and integrate its essence with Marxist stance, viewpoint and methodology that we are now following. This is the socialism with Chinese characteristics," Xi said at the park.

In June 2023, Xi summarized five prominent features regarding Chinese civilization - consistency, originality, uniformity, inclusivity, and peaceful nature - at a symposium on cultural inheritance and development.

He pointed out that "it is natural to integrate the basic tenets of Marxism with China's specific realities and fine traditional culture if we are to create and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics on the basis of the profound Chinese civilization of more than 5,000 years."

In October of the same year, a national meeting on the work of public communication and culture was held in Beijing. For the first time, Xi Jinping Thought on Culture was put forward at the meeting, which opened a new chapter and ushered in a new phase for leading the new journey of cultural reform and development work.

Chinese modernization is the modernization of material and cultural-ethical advancement, Xi said in his article published on Qiushi Journal, a flagship magazine of the CPC Central Committee.

Xi had made speeches at a series of important meetings in an effort to promote the reform of the cultural administrative system in the new era and guide it along the right path.

With the deepening of the cultural reform, China's cultural sector has experienced unprecedented boom with healthy development of cultural industries, improving intangible cultural heritage protection and inheritance system, perfecting public cultural service system and a growing sense of fulfillment, and happiness of Chinese people.

Xi believes that without profound cultural confidence and a thriving culture, the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is unattainable.

Xi's thought on culture guides modern Chinese civilization

Xi's thought on culture guides modern Chinese civilization

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