Company Working with Chinese Government to Build Remote Healthcare
BEIJING, November 15 /CNW/ - Carestream Health, Inc., has joined forces
with China's Ministry of Health and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Peoples
Government to establish a pilot digital-information network that will
strengthen rural healthcare and promote the development of the rural economy.
The pilot project will provide clinical training, digital imaging services,
remote information storage, and sharing of images and information with
specialists in urban centers. Providing local access to modern diagnostic
equipment and expert consulting and training will improve the speed, quality
and cost of rural healthcare. Moreover, advancing the clinical capability and
technical expertise of rural healthcare professionals will dramatically
improve the experience of rural patients.
As part of the pilot, Carestream Health will donate medical imaging and
healthcare IT equipment and services.
Improving rural health care is an important initiative in China, where
800 million people--more than three-quarters of the country's
population--reside in rural areas. In many cases, rural doctors use
generations-old imaging systems and are forced to hand-deliver hardcopy
medical images to specialists in larger cities--taking valuable time and
delaying treatment. The pilot project will help to alleviate these challenges
by improving care and reducing costs for many low-income patients.
"I am honored that Carestream Health is working with the Ministry of
Health to further China's rural healthcare reform program," said Kevin Hobert,
Chief Executive Officer of Carestream Health. "Our leading technology
solutions will significantly improve patient care."
Under the direction of the Ministry of Health and the Ningxia Hui
Autonomous Region Office of Public Health, Carestream Health has invested in
computed radiography (CR) equipment, digital image printing systems, a
regional healthcare information storage and sharing platform, and other
information technology for rural healthcare diagnostic and information
systems. Digital imaging services, web-based remote diagnostic consultation,
distance learning, and electronic medical records will enable rural patients
to receive examinations at the local level, consultation at the county and
province level, and treatment at the township level in the regions. The
project will connect grassroots rural hospitals to urban centers or town-based
hospitals, thus enabling sharing of resources and remote diagnostics.
"I praise Carestream Health's generous donation and cooperative spirit in
working with us on this important project," said Vice Minister of Health Chen
Xiaohong. "The current partnership with Carestream Health is an excellent
starting point for cooperation between the government and business."
About Carestream Health, Inc.
With revenues of more than $2.5 billion, Carestream Health, Inc., is a
leading provider of medical and dental imaging systems and healthcare IT
solutions; molecular imaging systems for the life science research and drug
discovery/development market segments; and x-ray film and digital x-ray
products for the non-destructive testing market.
The company emerged in 2007 when Onex Corporation of Toronto, Canada,
purchased Eastman Kodak Company's Health Group. Headquartered in Rochester,
N.Y., Carestream Health operates in more than 150 countries worldwide and owns
more than 1,000 patents in digital imaging, film and imaging chemistry.
For more information about Carestream Health, contact your Carestream
Health representative or visit www.carestreamhealth.com.
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