The digital health Silk Road project

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also known as One Belt, One Road, is the Chinese government’s development strategy that was introduced in 2013 to build ties along the overland Silk Road Economic Belt and the naval trading route known as the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Although health is not at the core of the initiative, Ruwei Hu and his colleagues at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou and from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, US, state that the BRI provides a common platform for regional public health emergencies through epidemic information sharing, exchange of preventive and interventional methods, and training health professionals.

In China, there are both start-ups and big companies (including, a Chinese B2C internet drug company, see featured image) looking to expand their knowledge and expertise in healthcare through internationalisation and collaboration with foreign companies, making the country a potential global innovator in healthcare, which is the theme of the latest HIMSS Insights eBook.

The full article on China’s digital health Silk Road project can be found here.

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