China’s Big Data Disruptors

Underpaid doctors and dingy hospitals have created demand for better quality care in China’s health care system. The tech giant WeDoctor is looking to fill that gap by “unclogging bottlenecks in a Chinese health care market slated to hit 8 trillion yuan ($1.2 trillion) by 2020,” writes Lulu Yilun Chen.

Ballooning from humble beginnings as an appointment-booking startup, the $6 billion operation offers online follow-up consultations, prescriptions, staffed clinics, an at-home smart speaker and AI technology designed to identify conditions like cervical cancer. And because China has no laws protecting personal information, WeDoctor avoids the legal hurdles that saddle similar outfits in more regulated regions.


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