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Online Hospitals Pass China Checkup

Physicians at Qingdao University Hospital in Qingdao, Shandong province, consult with a patient remotely on March 29. Photo: VCG
Physicians at Qingdao University Hospital in Qingdao, Shandong province, consult with a patient remotely on March 29. Photo: VCG

* The State Council plans to issue guidelines to help the country take advantage of the internet to develop its health care sector

* The guidelines allow traditional hospitals to launch virtual platforms for online consultations

(Beijing) — China’s cabinet has for the first time endorsed “online hospitals” in an official document, an emerging concept that Chinese internet giants Alibaba and Tencent have bet on. But the endorsement comes with restrictions on the model.

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