ACCESS Health China’s Bright Start Project Going Strong

As part of its support for its partner, the Non-Profit Incubator, and the Bright Start Project, ACCESS Health China participated in recruitment sessions in four different colleges in Shanghai and conducted a series of online and offline training sessions for students in November. More than two hundred students joined the November training sessions. Bright Start is a nonprofit joint project with ACCESS Health China and Non-Profit Incubator, funded by J.P. Morgan Foundation. The goal of the project is to prepare students for jobs in the digital health sector.

We were grateful to be joined by Haochen Xu from the human resource department of Ping An Health Cloud Company Limited human resource department for a sharing session at Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Science. Mr. Xu spoke with medical students about the potential of a career in the digital health sector. We also invited distinguished guest speakers Ying Zhao from AstraZeneca and Lisha Ye from First Respond to participate in the online sharing events. Shu Shang from ACCESS Health China also took part. The three guest speakers shared their respective experiences and offered insightful suggestions on developing careers in digital health marketing, information technology, and administration.

The ACCESS Health China team also supported a Design Thinking workshop at Shanghai Second Polytechnic University. The challenge for the workshop was to improve the user experience of an online medical application. More than one hundred and fifty students participated in the workshop. The goal of the workshop was to let students learn design thinking and develop a deeper understanding of digital health. It was the first time for many students to use the online medical application. All students went through the process of design thinking to understand how online medical works, how to conduct user surveys with empathy, how to define problems, and how to brainstorm solutions and create draft models for testing. We appreciate the support of Ping An for using their Good Doctor mobile application as the study case for students. Students will present their solutions to the challenge in the form of a roadshow for Ping An in the coming week.

The Bright Start project started in January 2017. Since its inception, the project has organized more than thirty online and offline training events for more than sixty mentors and one thousand students. As part of the program, ACCESS Health approached thirteen companies about more than eighty positions that may be available to students. By supporting training and content for Bright Start, we are glad to be able to enable these students as they consider starting their careers in digital health.