The Smart Health Initiative in China: The Case of Wuhan, Hubei Province


To introduce smart health in Wuhan, and provide some references for other cities. As the largest mega-city in central China, Wuhan is investing large amounts of resources to push forward the development of Smart Wuhan and Health Wuhan, and it has unique features. It is one of the centerpieces of China’s New Healthcare Reform, and great hope is put on it to help solve the conflict between limited healthcare resources and the large population of patients. How to plan and design smart health is important. The construction of Wuhan Smart Health includes some aspects as follows, like requirement analysis, the establishment of objectives and blueprint, the architecture design of regional health information platform, evaluation and implementation, problems and solutions, and so on. Wuhan Smart Health has obtained some achievements in health network, information systems, resident’s health records, information standard, and the first phase of municipal health information platform. The focus of this article is the whole construction process of smart health in Wuhan. Although there are some difficulties during this period, some smart health services and management have been reflected. Compared with other cities or countries, Wuhan Smart Health has its own advantages and disadvantages. This study aims to provide a reference for other cities. Because smart health of Wuhan is characteristic in construction mode. Though still in the initial stage, it has great potentials in the future.

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MC and MF conceived the study. MF searched and checked the databases according to keywords and terms, extracted retrieval results and assessed their quality. MC and MF made questionnaire, and completed the survey. JS and BZ provided the important materials. MC and MF wrote the draft of the paper. All authors contributed to writing, reviewing or revising the paper and read and approved the final manuscript. MC is the guarantor of this work and had full access to all the data in the study and takes responsibility for its integrity and the accuracy of the data analysis. The authors would like to thank all the anonymous reviewers for their helpful advice.

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Fan, M., Sun, J., Zhou, B. et al. The Smart Health Initiative in China: The Case of Wuhan, Hubei Province. J Med Syst 40, 62 (2016).

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  • Smart health
  • Regional health information platform
  • Information system
  • Smart city