Promoting China's mHealth market: A policy perspective

Xiaofei Zhang, Kee Hung Lai, Xitong Guo

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However, the mHealth market in China is aberrated in comparison with other countries in two major aspects: 1) the monitoring service is a minority market; and 2) the potential users (the elderly and patients with chronic conditions) lack the interest for using this service. Method To explain this understated condition, we examine the specific policies on the mHealth service and the current healthcare system in China, with suggestions for forming mHealth policies. Results Based on our policy analysis, this research proposes several political and practical suggestions for mHealth implementation in China. Along with the characteristics of the mHealth market, this research further develops a healthcare ecosystem connecting major stakeholders, including the government, the community, service providers, health professionals, drug manufacturers, and data-analysis organizations. Our suggestions will be beneficial to China's mHealth market in the business sense and provide insights for policymakers on how to regulate the market.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-388
Number of pages6
JournalHealth Policy and Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • China
  • Health policy
  • mHealth
  • Monitoring services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Policy


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