CHINA China's highest-altitude autonomous prefecture ramps up telemedicine construction

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China's highest-altitude autonomous prefecture ramps up telemedicine construction

Xinhua

17:00, July 01, 2020

XINING, July 1 (Xinhua) -- A total of eight hospitals and eight township-level health centers in northwest China's Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture will have access to telemedicine services of the country's first-tier hospitals by August, local health commission said Wednesday.

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Golog, located in Qinghai Province, is China's highest-altitude autonomous prefecture, with the highest point at an altitude of 6,282 meters and the highest-elevated county at nearly 4,400 meters. The harsh environment and backward economy have dragged down the health condition of locals.

The telemedicine treatment in Golog will focus on the construction of remote medical imaging and remote ultrasonic examination centers.

According to Han Shangli, director of Golog's health commission, when local doctors have difficulties diagnosing, patients can receive diagnostic recommendations, based on the imaging data, from hospitals in the provincial capital Xining, Beijing or Shanghai -- all with advanced medical resources and experienced medical staff.

Golog has a population of 211,600, with 91.8 percent being Tibetan residents. Many of these inhabitants live sparsely on a large pastoral area, with limited medical resources, according to Han.

"Telemedicine will help solve medical and health-related problems for the locals," Han said, adding that a long-term training will be introduced for grass-roots doctors, such as village doctors and family doctors.

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