The George Institute contributes to China’s efficient health service system

A report named “Deepening Health Reform in China: building high-quality and value-based service delivery” was released jointly by the World Bank, WHO and China Ministry of Finance, the National Health and Family Planning Commission and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security in Beijing on July 22, 2016. It is the most comprehensive study on Chinese health reform which outlines a blueprint to deliver high-quality, affordable healthcare to all and provides valuable reference for China’s “13th Five-Year" plan.

The study recommends that China move toward a "people-centered" integrated healthcare system to meet its new challenges. The reform would shift the healthcare system from the current hospital-centric model to one that is focused on health outcomes, centers on primary care and offers better value for money. And specifically, eight key changes to the healthcare system have been put forward. Download the report (PDF 1.8MB).

“It’s time to put people first”, said Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “This means strengthening services at all levels, from community through hospital care back to the community, and linking them more effectively, so people get the care they need every step of the way.”

"Improving the health of millions of people worldwide" is also the mission committed by The George Institute for Global Health. The China Rural Health Initiative study (LifeSeeds), Integrating Depression Care in Acute Coronary Syndromes Patients in Low resource Hospitals in China (I-CARE study) are typical examples. Moreover, The George Institute, China is developing the study on The road to hierarchical diabetes management at primary care settings in China (ROADMAP Study). Based on information technology, it focuses on the grassroots and strictly verifies and evaluates the four-in-one interventions measures (graded professional training, contracting services of grading diagnosis and treatment, information supporting and performance incentives). This coincides with the reform proposals on creating a new model of people-centered integrated healthcare that strengthens primary care as the core of the healthcare system.

In addition, Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), through its Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ initiative, and The George Institute for Global Health collaborated on the creation of the China Center for mHealth Innovation (CCmHI) in 2014. It develops health management mode on the basis of extensive research experiences and research findings. Focusing on the fields of hypertension, diabetes, diet and exercise as well as maternal and child health, CCmHI has successfully developed FoodSwitch mobile application which greatly improved self-management level. Application of diabetes management and maternal and child health will be launched soon. These innovative initiatives fit with the proposal of making a major investment in healthcare quality across the system and empowering patients with knowledge and understanding of healthcare services.

We will continue to adhere to the people-centered concept and make unremitting efforts to deepen health reform in China.