Alibaba Health partners with leading Chinese hospitals to develop use of AI in healthcare

Alibaba Health is partnering with three leading Chinese hospitals to launch an AI medical lab.

The healthcare arm of Alibaba Group Holding Limited, Alibaba Health has signed cooperation deals with two affiliate hospitals of Zhejiang University and with Xinghua Hospital which is affiliated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine.  

It is hoped the AI medical lab will assist an ageing China in dealing with problems such as diabetes and hypertension, as well as other chronic illnesses which are on the rise in the country.

See also: 

Alibaba to invest $15bn in research 

National Cancer Centre Singapore tests new ovarian cancer treatment 

Latest edition of Business Review Asia - out now! 

An estimated 110mn Chinese people now suffer from diabetes and around 330mn suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure.

A public platform will be set up to support diagnostics and clinical decisions.

According to Wang Lei at the Hangzhou Cloud Conference on Friday, healthcare has become “a phenomenon industry” thanks to the Internet of Things.

According to the South China Morning Post, Wang Weilin, director of the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University and Vice Chairman of the Chinese Hospital Association commented: “Quality medical resources are concentrated in big cities, while medical services in many other parts of China show inadequate capability… AI technology can help address such an imbalance and improve screening of high-risk diseases.”

The move follows Alibaba’s development of “Doctor You” earlier this year, which used AI to read CAT scans to identify early indications of cancer.


Featured Articles

Top 10 female executives leading Japan's charge for change

As Japan pledges a 30% target for women executives at big firms by 2030, we spotlight 10 female corporate leaders blazing a trail in the country

Top 10 most valuable unicorns in China – phones to drones

Home to the world’s most valuable unicorn, not to mention the fastest growing, China may be trailing the US on numbers, but it is catching up – and fast

Top 10 fastest-growing energy companies in the APAC region

Business Chief takes a look at the top 10 fastest-growing energy companies in the APAC region, according to rankings from S&P Global Commodity Insights

Top 10 Chief Financial Officers in India

Corporate Finance

Top 10 largest companies Malaysia and the CEOs who helm them

Leadership & Strategy

5 high-profile CEO moves across Asia-Pacific this month

Leadership & Strategy