China is making an increasing effort to expand its healthcare system to include a free, open source health technology, a country expert said in an interview with The Irish Time.
The move comes as China moves to improve standards for healthcare, including by opening up free access to healthcare software, and is also aimed at lowering costs.
Dr. Andrew Chan, a lecturer in the department of computer science at the University of Edinburgh and author of the article, said the Chinese government is moving towards free, distributed and interoperable health software, including a free version of the open source software that has already been used by a number of Chinese hospitals.
“There is an emphasis on open source, a willingness to collaborate, an open and transparent culture and an open system.
It’s a very strong push towards open source and free software,” he said.
The article by Dr. Chan, which was published on Monday, outlines how China is taking steps to boost the use of its own healthcare software.
Dr Chan, who has been studying Chinese healthcare technology for more than 20 years, said China’s healthcare software is largely a Chinese problem.
“It’s not a Chinese software problem.
China has the technical and financial capability, so it’s a Chinese healthcare software problem,” he told The Irish Daily.
China is trying to build a global healthcare system through the use and distribution of open source technology.
“We are making a strong push to open source our healthcare systems.
We have an open source healthcare system, it’s been in place for decades.
But it’s really good at this point, as long as it is shared and managed by all,” Dr Chan said.
He said China has made an attempt to develop a free and open healthcare software system and was taking steps towards doing that.
“In terms of how we can help improve it, we have been making an open commitment to open sourcing our healthcare system and we have done that in the past,” he added.
The Chinese government has already begun to open up its healthcare software to free users.
It is not clear what kind of free or open source version of software the Chinese are using.
Dr Chann said the development of the free and shared version of Chinese healthcare was also important because it would allow for more collaboration between Chinese and international healthcare organisations.
He also pointed out that China is in a unique position because of its geographical location and because of the massive number of people living there.
“Because of its geography and the proximity of the healthcare sector, the government and the healthcare companies are in close touch and this means that they can collaborate in a way that is not possible in many countries,” Dr Chann added.
He added that in China, there is also a lack of information on the quality of healthcare services and quality of care.
“The Chinese healthcare system is not perfect, but it’s very good,” he stated.
Dr Chen said China was also trying to open the system up to the outside world, particularly to people outside the country.
“China is very good at open sourcing its healthcare systems and we’re doing the same in India, the US and other countries,” he stressed.
Dr Chow said there was also a big gap between what Chinese healthcare is and what international healthcare systems are.
“People are not really aware of the differences between what we do and what Indian or American healthcare systems do.
That’s why we’re trying to create a new open source system,” he noted.
The Irish Times is not the only media outlet in China to cover the article.
The Financial Times is also covering the article and the story was published in the Financial Times China website.
In a recent interview with CNN India, Dr Chan was asked about the possibility of developing a global free and closed source healthcare software that could allow China to become the world’s healthcare leader.
“What’s the potential of having the world be able to compare healthcare systems?
That is the most exciting thing.
We can now be able take our own healthcare system into the world and create a global open source platform, a global system that would enable the world to compare systems,” he replied.
The Independent has contacted the Ministry of Health in China for comment on this article.