China has experienced rapid economic growth and development performances for the last 3 decades; however, its size, currently 1.3 billion people, and the effects of environment, living behaviour, and an aging population are putting a great strain on China’s health care system. Therefore, the Chinese government has launched major reforms for their health care system that will address critical problems, including across-the-board expansion of health services for people in both urban and rural areas by 2020.
Over the past few years, the eHealth Strategy Office has been working closely with China’s different health care partners to collaborate in policy engagement, eHealth education, clinical research, training, and institutional partnerships.
These joint efforts have the potential to result in improvements to China’s health care services and education, and may help position China as a world leader in health care services that can help guide other countries with similar challenges.
The eHealth Strategy Office looks forward to contributing our academic experiences and technical resources, together with our international network of partners, to offer assistance to China during this important initiative for health system reform.
The objectives of our China collaborations include:
- Enhancing Canada-China stakeholder relationships in health care by building institutional linkages.
- Forming enduring international healthcare information exchange platforms to bring key stakeholders and experts together
- To achieve equity in health access, service and education in rural China, using eHealth technology.
- Strengthening and supporting the efforts of China’s rural health system reform.
- Working collaboratively to build scalable and sustainable health care services and education that support both urban and rural areas.
Through collaboration with China, we hope that we can not only provide support to our Chinese population in BC and Canada, but also that we can share our skills to acheive mutual benefits through international cooperation.
For more information on our ongoing projects with Chinese partners, please contact Janice Tian.