Research Report, Issue No. 59, 2021. Pushing Forward China’s Health Care Digitalization
The digitalization reform of health care is significant to the establishment of modern health care system. The 5th Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee put that the country would speed up digitalization, strengthen the development of digital society and digital government, and improve digital and intelligent capacities in public services and social governance. To some extent, “Internet plus health care” has provided solutions to healthcare information interconnectivity, and played an important role in streamlining processes, improving efficiency, and optimizing resource allocation. In the new phase for development, deep-lying challenges are emerging, including the poor integration of online and offline healthcare services, isolated healthcare data islands, digital divide in health insurance, and difficulties in digital governance of health insurance, digital coordination of the allocation of health insurance, health care and medicine resources and digital upgrade of health insurance, all of which are calling for solutions provided by digital reform.