Tele-Health Suite is a provision of health care services using telecommunication technology to provide health care solutions over a geographic distance. Cellular access to Tele-Health Suite allows patients to keep their health regime intact, while being mobile at the same time. According to statistics, China's mobile phone usage has been accelerating at a rapid rate in recent years. The nation hit the 400 million subscriber mark in February 2006; it then took 16 months to top the 500 million mark in June 2007 and another 12 months to reach the 600 million mark. Currently, China has over 700 million mobile phone users in its cellular network.
As the global health care market slowly changes from a traditional health care system to a more modern electronic health care system, that utilizes technology through increased usage of electronic health systems like Tele-Health Suite, we will see limited need for the hospitalization and physical movement of patients as well as enriched health system service coverage. Tele-Health Suite will ultimately decrease hospital visits, thereby decreasing the overall cost of health care expenditure.
Ning Wu, president of Medical Care Technologies, stated: "We are of the belief that telehealth through cellular networks is going to be an important component of the modern health care system and will decrease pressure on the existing health care infrastructure. We think the Chinese market will witness substantial growth in the near future as a result of an increasing population, increase in life expectancy, increasing per capita income, and the substantial increase in Internet and cellular phone penetration in China."
Teledermatology is described as the practice of dermatology using available communication and information technology. Teledermatology is an important area of telemedicine activity that focuses primarily on the diagnosis and treatment of dermatologic conditions.
Medical Care Technologies' teledermatology incorporates both store and forward teledermatology as well as live video teleconference teledermatology. Live video conferencing teledermatology uses video and audio transmission for interactive consultation. Store and forward teledermatology incorporates clinical images and clinical information saved on MDCE's Tele-health Suite and Medsuite. In fact, the unique aspect of mobile teledermatology is that this system might become a filtering or triage system allowing a more sensible approach for the management of patients with emergent skin diseases. In addition, mobile teledermatology may also become a powerful screening tool for malignant cutaneous tumours.
The world dermatological market generated total sales revenues of over $18 billion in 2007. VisionGain predicts that "this market area will increase significantly, based on expansion of the market for modern drugs to treat skin disorders in developing and populated areas, most notably in countries like China and India."
Ning Wu, President of Medical Care Technologies, stated: "China is on a path of rapid development. We believe that Chinese dermatology will continue its own parallel rapid progression and that teledermatology consultation is well suited to our current applications, as well as being a much needed service in China."
In addition, Medical Care Technologies Inc. has entered into discussions with Chinese local officials to launch the company's first Telehealth Clinic in North China. The Telehealth Clinic is planned to open in Tianjin, about 100 kilometers Southeast of Beijing, and will be the first of many that the company plans to open which will fully utilize MDCE's telehealth technology.
The company is diligently working in conjunction with the local Tianjin authorities to assist in integrating itself into China's health care system at a grass roots level and to assist its mission to help China improve its much maligned health care systems. The move is also viewed as a vital source of income to MDCE.
Management plans to open Telehealth Clinic facilities in Tianjin and its surrounding areas which will offer family practice consultations, co-ordination and provision of prompt emergency evacuation through a global alarm centre network, annual, general, and pre-employment health check-ups, a comprehensive range of vaccination services, health screening services for elderly patients and after-hours clinic visits for emergencies. Together with the Clinic and the Telehealth technologies, management feels that it will be able to better diagnose, educate, and treat patients.
In 2008, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council, jointly endorsed and issued the Guidelines on Deepening the Reform of the Health Care System. In spite of the country's economic progress, the development of health care services in many areas has lagged behind. The health care landscape is much different in China, where health insurance essentially does not exist and there is no established primary care system, people line up in hospital waiting rooms, sometimes for days, to be treated. MDCE's new Telehealth Clinic would target the growing middle class in China who could afford the cost of treatment and address these issues by educating the general population.
The new Telehealth Clinic is excited to be working with the local governments as they roll out the government's action plan on health care reform, which will eventually lay a solid foundation for equitable and universal access to essential health care for all in China. Under the 850 billion Yuan ($124 billion USD) plan for 2009 to 2011, the government promised universal access to basic health insurance, introduction of an essential drug system, improved primary health care facilities, equitable access to basic public health services and pilot reform of state-run hospitals and med-clinics.
Ning Wu, President of MDCE, stated: "We are at the beginning of this relationship with the health care industry in China. We are committed to providing Telehealth Clinics of the highest standards of care in the cities and rural areas of China. We believe that through our Telehealth Clinics, we have the potential to catalyze progress towards enhanced human health and well-being in China."
Medical Care Technologies Inc. is based in London, England. The company is in the process of moving its portfolio of oil resources into medical care technologies. The products/services that the company hopes to acquire are intended to constitute a health care delivery and wellness site, dedicated to helping Asian consumers live healthier, more balanced lives. The company is planning to provide advanced connectivity, internationally standardized and secure business technology and information systems to assist the Asian health industry - physicians, pharmacists, medical institutions, and consumers - in accessing medical resources, health services, education, wellness and pharmaceutical products throughout Asia. Medical Care Technologies is planning to distribute and provide services at a diverse range of industry-leading product lines in three segments: Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals.