Remote digital health technology transforms Chinese medical care

Advances in digital health technologies, from simple access to online medical reports to the ability to conduct surgeries via remote controls, are revolutionizing health care in China.

Across the country, surgeons have over the past year manipulated surgical instruments from afar to operate on a Parkinson’s patient and live streamed real-time instructions to a team conducting heart surgery.

More broadly, Chinese health professionals report widespread use of digital health technologies or mobile apps, and patients increasingly use the technologies to track their heart rate, blood pressure, diet, weight, and level of physical activity. And remote consultations with physicians are increasingly popular.