Qualcomm Wireless Reach www.qualcomm.com/company/wireless-reach and the George Institute for Global Health www.georgeinstitute.org, a not-for-profit medical and healthcare research organization are working together to create the China Center for mHealth Innovation (CCmHI) www.ccmhi.org.cn to improve community healthcare in China.
Hosted by the George Institute for Global Health at Peking University Health Science Center and funded by Qualcomm Wireless Reach, CCmHI is looking to become a world-class class center for mobile health innovation.
Working with central and provincial governments, CCmHI will develop mHealth solutions, implement clinical evaluations, and contribute to increasing effective and affordable mHealth tools in China.
CCmHI’s main priorities are to:
- Build Chinese capacity in digital healthcare development and evaluation
- Develop and evaluate mHealth platforms designed to provide community healthcare workers with evidence-based personalized guidance on the care of individual patients
- Target the ten leading causes of premature death and disability in China
- Provide solutions that are effective in both urban and rural settings
- Assist with the integration of mHealth strategies into national and provincial policies and guidelines
- Support the development and expanded use of mHealth technologies globally
Initially, CCmHI will conduct an analysis of digital health policies, laws, standards, programs, and research activities in China. CCmHI aims to develop and field test at least one mHealth program for chronic disease management in its first year that will lead to larger scale mHealth programs in the future.
With the rapid expansion of mobile internet connectivity across China, the potential exists to link sophisticated digital health systems, EHRs, point-of-care diagnostics, and systems to enable regional health authorities to monitor and manage the quality and outcomes of community healthcare. These digital health systems combined with consumer applications will then have the ability to transfer data to a cloud-based server.