By Accountable Care Journal-
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, is travelling to China to highlight the importance of healthcare collaboration in developing innovative digital health solutions.
In Beijing, the Secretary of State co-hosted the UK-China Health Dialogue with China’s Health Minister Ma Xiaowei, highlighting the need for collaboration in maintaining good population health and early identification of serious illness through the strengthening of primary care.
Discussions expanded to focus on the importance of having well-trained health professionals, ensuring patient access to medicine and clinically- effective therapies, and the need to work together to address global health issues such as pandemics and anti-microbial resistance (AMR).
In Tianjin, Hancock plans to demonstrate UK leadership in the use of technology and data innovation in healthcare to a global audience while he co-chairs the World Economic Forum Meeting of New Champions.
Commenting on the importance of the trip, Matt Hancock, said: "I want the UK to have the most advanced healthcare system in the world, and this continued dialogue and co-operation with China will bring us one step closer to achieving that aim.
"As global leaders, the UK and China must work closely together to tackle key emerging issues in healthcare like how we can harness the power of technology to help patients live longer, healthier and happier lives, the issues of an ageing population, and the increasing resistance to antibiotics - there is much we can learn from each other to improve care for patients."
The Secretary of State will also lead a UK business delegation to demonstrate UK expertise and innovations in life sciences, med-tech and digital health while in China.