China is fast emerging as a pioneer of data-centric healthcare. IBM’s collaboration with Guangdong Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, featured in this video, was one of the examples called out in a piece in today’s Wall Street Journal about advances in healthcare in China. The Guangdong solution is being designed to help doctors identify treatment plans combining Western and traditional Chinese medicine from statistics drawn from patient records. IBM’s Healthcare Solutions Lab, which is working with Guangdong Hospital, is one of 12 finalists in the newspaper’s annual Asian Innovation Awards contest.
But Guangdong isn’t the only place where IBM is pushing the technology envelope in Chinese healthcare. IBM Research is working with Peking University People’s Hospital to build an evidence-based patient care system that will consolidate patient records and make it easier for clinicians to discover and share best practices in diagnosis and treatment. It’s one of those First-of-a-Kind projects that Research engages in with clients. The hospital expects to roll out the system to selected hospital and community clinics starting early next year.