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AI driven one-minute medical clinic booths launch in China

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The Shanghai based healthcare innovation - unmanned, AI-driven ‘one-minute clinics’ providing medical services, including diagnosis and medicine prescriptions.


ping an good doctorA 2018 study found that the UK has the fewest doctors in the EU, at 2.8 per 1,000 people. In comparison, Austria has 5.1 and Australia has 3.4 per 1,000 people. While these numbers are hard to take meaning from on their own, it does serve to highlight the problem when we say that China has only 1.8 doctors for every 1,000 people. This shortage is obviously not good for such a crowded country that produces a massive 30% of the world’s pollution, which in turn inevitably creates health issues.

China launched Healthy China 2030 in 2016, making healthcare a priority. Still, people turn to technology more and more in the country, using web services and apps to diagnose their health problems.

Shanghai-based Ping An Good Doctor have the inevitable yet innovative evolution of healthcare apps: unmanned, AI-driven ‘one-minute clinics’.

These clinics allow people to visit 24/7 and receive immediate medical services, including diagnosis and medicine prescriptions. The clinic’s artificial intelligence will take the patient’s symptoms and medical history, and come up with a Ping an good doctordiagnosis plan. This plan is then passed on to a specialist consultant, and the clinic can connect the patient with Ping An’s in-house medical team. The involvement of a real, human doctor ensures that accuracy of diagnoses and treatment remains high and consistent.

The ‘one-minute clinics’ store over 100 types of common medicines, cryogenically refrigerated, which can be prescribed by the clinic. Drugs that are not stored can be purchased online and delivered within the hour thanks to Ping An’s partnership with local pharmacies.

While we suspect you won’t be going to these clinics for your prostate exam, it is an interesting idea for those who have health issues that don’t warrant a hospital visit, but are too pressing to wait who knows how long for a doctor’s appointment.

We would be interested to hear what you think about the idea of talking to an AI doctor about your health issues, given the reassurance that it is supplemented by a human doctor. Would you use them if they came to your city?

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Published on: 20th January 2019

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