National Health Planning Commission: Internet does not allow medical diagnosis and treatment


Release time:

2015-04-11


Song Shuli, a spokesperson for the National Health and Family Planning Commission, emphasized in his latest statement that medical diagnosis and treatment are not allowed on the Internet, and only health consultations can be done.
When there is a shortage of high-quality medical resources and many patients are crying out for difficulty in seeking medical treatment, Internet medical care is regarded as a new business opportunity. Last year, my country issued the "Opinions on Promoting Telemedicine Services in Medical Institutions", which was once interpreted as the opening of Internet medical services. In reality, many people are accustomed to seeking medical advice through the Internet. In this regard, Song Shuli, a spokesperson for the National Health and Family Planning Commission, emphasized in his latest statement that medical diagnosis and treatment are not allowed on the Internet, and only health consultations can be done.
"In January this year, the national health and Family Planning Commission and the national development and Reform Commission agreed to carry out telemedicine policy pilot projects in five provinces and regions, including Ningxia and Yunnan. The PLA General Hospital, Peking Union Medical College Hospital and China Japan Friendship Hospital will open up all high-quality medical resources to the five provinces and regions," song said. "However, other work involving medical diagnosis and treatment is not allowed to be carried out on the Internet."
It is reported that according to the main body of medical implementation, telemedicine includes two types: one is telemedicine between medical institutions, mainly institutions with poor conditions and low medical standards seek help from some Junior College or comprehensive large hospitals. This is to provide telemedicine services to patients between medical institutions. The second category is that medical institutions use information technology to provide medical services directly to patients.
Song Shuli further explained that since telemedicine is different from face-to-face diagnosis and treatment, the National Health and Family Planning Commission has strict requirements on relevant institutions and personnel in order to ensure the quality and safety supervision of telemedicine. For example, telemedicine services are only allowed to be carried out among medical institutions, and medical institutions must have corresponding qualifications to carry out services of a certain category and a certain Junior College, and cannot carry out telemedicine services of this Junior College without the Junior College. At the same time, doctors who carry out telemedicine services must also have corresponding qualifications. Medical institutions must strictly abide by relevant laws, regulations and codes of conduct in the process of carrying out telemedicine services to ensure quality and safety, and at the same time protect patients' right to know.
However, the National Health and Family Planning Commission also said that although Internet medical services are banned, health consultation can be done. "In addition, with the development of Internet technology, new situations are constantly emerging, and relevant policies will continue to improve policies". Some industry analysts believe that although Internet companies cannot directly provide medical services, as a third party, they still have the opportunity to become a platform for telemedicine in the future. Considering the needs of patients, this model also has a good "money scene".