Miaoshou.com (妙手医生), an online medical service platform, signed a cooperation agreement with Haikou’s government on May 18. In this agreement, Miaoshou.com will build its headquarters of global future hospital in Haikou.
Launched in 2015, Miaoshou.com was only a website to connect patients and doctors. Through this website, patients can see doctors, require diagnosis and treatment advises online, rather than going to the offline hospitals.
This website can save much time for patients, as well as deal with healthy emergencies in time. However, doctors can only give some suggestions, other than providing medical services. Specifically, doctors can’t prescribe online and review patients’ history records. For patients, they have to buy medicines to offline pharmacy.
In the past four years, Miaoshou.com has expanded its businesses a lot. It develops app, builds internet hospitals and chain pharmacies, starts e-commerce business, creates prescriptions sharing platform for hospitals and so on.
Patients can get diagnosis and prescription from doctors in its internet hospitals, then they can buy medicines in its online pharmacies. The pharmacies will deliver medicines to patients. Miaoshou.com’s app will remind patients to take medicine on time, and also give some drug instructions. In one word, patients can get well treatment without any step out of door.
These products are convenient for patients undoubtedly, and many internet hospitals and online medical service startups emerged in around 2015, including, among others, Chunyuyisheng (春雨医生), Haodf.com (好大夫在线), WeDoctor (微医).
Differing from other companies, Miaoshou.com builds digital medical record files for each user, including diagnosis record, medical image, prescription and other medical record.
In addition, Miaoshou.com applied blockchain technology to help with more than 100 pharmacies in China. Leveraging blockchain, pharmacies’ managers can ensure the safety of the pharmaceutical supply chain in terms of refrigeration and transportation.
According to HE Tao (何涛), CEO of Miaoshou.com, the company has provided its services to 63 cities in 20 provinces. Miaoshou.com helps lots of class A hospitals to build internet hospital business. Its app has signed cooperation agreement with more than 100,000 doctors.
Miaoshou.com has completed five rounds of financing valuated over CNY 1,000 million (USD 144.9 million). Its investors with high reputation include Sequoia China, Tencent and Qiming Venture Partners and so on.
Chinese government has issued several policies to encourage and standardize online medical service development, in which this type of service is divided into three categories: internet hospital, online medical diagnosis and telemedicine.
Internet has capability to improve medical efficiency, but there are some problems and risks existed. Today, the internet hospitals generally have poor infrastructures, such as data safety and access control system, certification for doctors, digital medical record system, and communication device.
Some problems are existed for a long time. For example, more than 3,500 China’s hospitals haven’t built digital medical record systems, and they still use papers and pens to make records.
Besides, doctors in internet hospitals are allowed to give diagnosis only if it’s the review diagnosis, which means patients have to get the official diagnosis results from offline hospital at the first time. It is an obstacle for internet hospitals to acquire patients online.