Xiamen takes the lead in China in electronic health record system

Updated: 25 Aug 2010
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China will gradually establish a sharable basic data repository of electronic medical records and health records, said Wang Caiyou, deputy director of the Statistical Information Center under the Ministry of Health, during the recent China's Health Forum, according to Health News.

"The construction of a healthcare information system will provide important support to the implementation of health care reform," Wang said. "It can greatly help improve the quality and efficiency of medical and health services, lower medical costs and achieve the goal of everyone enjoying basic medical and health services."

Xiamen is the only city in China that has successfully achieved the sharing of electronic health records and related health information in urban areas. Residents can use their social security cards to make an appointment with doctors as well as look up physical examination results and test results via the Internet, cell phones and interactive TV.

In addition, the health information, medical treatment records and check-up results of a resident since birth will all be recorded in the data repository. The health record system has covered 95 percent of medical institutions and 60 percent of the resident population and has saved costs resulting from repeated check-ups and inappropriate drug use.

In another experimental region, Minhang District in Shanghai, they have combined the residents' health records and health management. Taking the early detection of tumors as an example, they screen high-risk groups through breast cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer and another three management modules. 

People's Daily Online
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