China

Credit: Ping An Good Doctor

By Dean Koh February 28, 2019
China’s one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform, Ping An Good Doctor, yesterday announced its first annual results since listing: the company recorded a revenue of RMB 3.34 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 78.7%. The three key indicators of the company – registered users, monthly active users (MAU) and monthly paying users (MPU) continued to grow at a rapid rate in 2018. As of...

Above: Screengrab of Burning Rock's website.

By Dean Koh February 14, 2019
Burning Rock Biotech, which was founded in 2014 and focuses on NGS (Next-Generation Sequencing) diagnostics solutions for precision medicine in oncology, today announced the closing of the Series C financing totaling RMB 850 million. The financing was led by GIC, followed by LYFE Capital, CMB International Capital, Lilly Asia Ventures (LAV), Sequoia Capital China and T&Brothers Capital. The...

From left to right: (Ying Tang, Vice President, Head of Business Operation, Healthcare, Merck China; Rogier Janssens, Managing Director and General Manager, Biopharma, Merck China; Chris Round, Executive Vice President, Head of International Operation & Global Core Franchise, Healthcare, Merck; Meng Zhang, Vice President, Tencent Medical; Jordan Liu, Strategy and Business Development Director, Tencent Medical)​. Photo credit: Merck

By Dean Koh January 24, 2019
Yesterday, Merck, a German multinational pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences company, and Tencent, a Chinese multinational investment holding conglomerate, signed a strategic collaboration agreement. The collaboration will primarily focus on increasing public disease awareness and providing more accessible healthcare services via digital platforms in China. “In this collaboration with...

Credit: Ping An Good Doctor

By Dean Koh January 22, 2019
Ping An Good Doctor, a one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform from China, recently announced that their “Voiceprint Login System” (“Voiceprint Lock”), jointly developed with Unisound, an intelligent voice and language technology company in China, has achieved a login success rate close to 99%. The breakthrough came after several model optimisations and upgrades. In December 2017, Ping An Good...

Ping An Good Doctor's first One-minute Clinic in Wuzhen, outside of Shanghai. Credit: Ping An Good Doctor.

By Dean Koh January 7, 2019
Last year, Ping An Good Doctor, a one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform from China, piloted unstaffed clinics that employ artificial intelligence called “One-minute Clinics” in the Wuzhen Scenic Area outside of Shanghai, which connect patients with a clinician on Ping An Good Doctor’s in-house medical team. Just last week, the company announced that it had placed its One-minute Clinics across 8...

Sebastien Gaudin, co-founder of StartupCare at the launch event in Shanghai, China. Credit: StartupCare

By Dean Koh December 20, 2018
Yesterday, Shanghai-based insurtech startup CareVoice (who launched their AI voice-based virtual health assistant for insurers and employers in Greater China in May 2018) announced the official launch of StartupCare, the first health benefit and insurance for startups in China. StartupCare combines a premium medical insurance with fully digitalised health and insurance services. Ahead of the...

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By Dean Koh November 29, 2018
Jianke.com, China's online healthcare platform, yesterday announced during the Jianke Doctor Rebrand & 2018 Jianke Partners' Conference in Shanghai that they will be entering into a strategic partnership with US-based global pharmaceutical leader Pfizer. Both companies will leverage their leadership in their respective fields and successful practices to implement a patient-focused strategy in...

The technology on display at Wuzhen World Internet Conference. Photo credit: Ping An Good Doctor. 

By Laura Lovett November 29, 2018
In China a future trip to the doctor's could mean visiting a local mall and dipping into an AI-power booth.  Earlier this month Ping An Good Doctor, a one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform, showcased a tiny unstaffed clinic that employs artificial intelligence. Patients can sit in the three-square meter clinic and chat with a cloud doctor, called AI Doctor, about their symptoms.  The AI Doctor’s...
A screenshot of the Ping An Good Doctor app.
By Dean Koh November 15, 2018
China's leading one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform, Ping An Good Doctor announced today the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bangkok Dusit Medical Service (BDMS), the largest healthcare network in Thailand. The two medical service giants will integrate and exchange their experienced medical resources online and offline, and provide one-stop healthcare services for millions of Chinese...
By Laura Lovett November 5, 2018
Last week Chinese language search engine Baidu, unveiled a new artificial intelligence-powered tool aimed at detecting ocular fundus, which can lead to blindness. The latest tool, called AI Fundus Camera, will be able to screen for three types of ocular fundus diseases.  The new AI-powered camera takes a photo and then can generate a screening report. According to the company, this photo doesn’t...