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Beijing authorities aim to reduce healthcare spending with Baidu technology

Iain Morris
August 6, 2014
 
Authorities in Beijing are to make use of technology developed by Chinese internet giant Baidu to provide more sophisticated healthcare services to the city’s residents, according to a report from China Daily.

The municipal government will take advantage of Baidu’s recently unveiled Jiankangyun health cloud, which uses big data technology to offer pre-diagnosis assessments for users.

Baidu (Beijing, China) has said the service – which was introduced in late July – includes smart devices like weighing scales and blood pressure monitors; a cloud-computing platform that collects, stores and analyzes the data those devices gather; and a range of consultancy services including advice about remaining healthy and making use of healthcare technologies.

According to China Daily, Beijing authorities believe the service could help city residents prevent illnesses and allow the government to cut down on its medical spending.

“The health cloud can serve as a data platform for residents to better take care of their health, and also help the government improve the overall health management by introducing better health-related policies because the data cloud gathers can even be broken down to a certain age group or a certain district in Beijing,” said Jiang Guiping, the deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology, as quoted by China Daily.

The report indicates that Beijing is planning to set up as many as ten “experience centers” in 2015 that will be able to access the health cloud platform Baidu has developed.

Centers will reportedly be used to connect hundreds of smart medical treatment device producers to the cloud and collect “e-health files” on patients.

Authorities hope to cover millions of residents in the city using the technology within the next three years.

“The health cloud can link people directly with health services, allowing them to emjoy the modern medical revolution brought by new technology,” said Li Mingyuan, the vice president of Baidu, according to China Daily.

Although the use of big data technology could help to fight disease and encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles, experts have suggested that privacy concerns are still holding back the adoption of the technology.

Recent research carried out by security software player Symantec (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) indicated that users of wearable gadgets could be tracked with only $70 of hardware.
 
 
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