A major upgrade of the healthcare system was a key ingredient of the five-year plan ending 2011; and this goal has been revived in the People’s Republic of China for the next five years. The goal is to improve the situation with an eye towards avoiding social unrest, and also to motivate the masses to spend their money and thereby increase domestic demand instead of saving their yuan to pay for any medical treatment they might be require. Broadening insurance coverage and supplying diagnostic devices as well as IT-based communication tools, in particular to the needy rural care providers, are key elements of the campaign for modernization.
In this context, advancing medical technology and digitizing information management have become top items in Chinese healthcare. Products and solutions which come from China, and originate abroad targeting the Chinese market, will again be presented at the 66th semi-annual CMEF (Chinese International Medical Equipment Fair [›Fig. 1], http:// en.cmef.com.cn) in Fuzhou/Fujian Province.
All relevant Chinese, and many international, players in medical imaging and laboratory diagnostics will come to Fuzhou. Attendees can also expect to meet key vendors focusing on IT such as Huahai, a very large company. From Europe, hcc GmbH will be among exhibitors at the German Pavilion, presenting its hospital information system myCare2x which caters for individual hospitals as well as groups of care providers. The solution integrates all types of information and services in these organizations into one single efficient information system; for CMEF, it will sport a brand new user interface in Chinese.
Concurrently with CMEF, top-caliber conferences will attract attendees, e.g. the China International Summit for Strategic Studies in Imaging (CSSI 2011) & 2011 Multi-Modal Molecular Imaging Symposium (CIMIS). Key policy adaptations, macro-economic trends, industrial development, and regional economic advancement are topics presented in a multi-format setting, addressing invited governmental officials, enterprise decision makers, influential media, and opinion leaders to discuss, evaluate, and infer strategies. The events have been receiving widespread attention from high-ranking governmental officials, important members of international organizations, leading vendors, and well-known experts and researchers in imaging domestically and from abroad. Sessions on medical imaging and networked communication will address policymakers and representatives from hospital management, authoritative imaging experts, leading enterprises presenting their perspective views to discuss industrial dynamics in China and overseas, reforms, development and innovation, along with the CMEF experts and enterprise expertise.