ACCESS Health China recently held a special “Health Futures Industry Networking Reception” in collaboration with Yale University at the Yale Beijing Center. Yale University School of Public Health and ACCESS Health have been working together closely to create a healthcare innovation ecosystem with a specific focus on urban health. More than forty mentors and partners participated in the session.
We were honored to be joined by Dr. Sten H. Vermund, dean of School of Public Health, and Dr. Jeanette Ickovics, deputy dean of School of Public Health of Yale University as both keynote speakers. They each delivered a speech on urbanization and healthy cities based on their practical experience in both hospital care and community care. They highlighted the ways in which globalization and urbanization would create new challenges for health and life quality, such as a rise in pollution, increased chronic illnesses, and inefficient healthcare resource distribution.
Following the two speakers, Dr. Chang Liu, managing director of ACCESS Health Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Singapore, introduced the ACCESS Health China Health Futures Innovation Platform to the audience. Urban health is a new focus area of Health Futures in China. Innovations of health delivery system, health technology, and health finance are urgently needed to improve the quality and affordability of urban health services.
A follow up panel discussion featured four leaders from the investment, consulting, insurance, and property development worlds.
Shirley Yeung, founder and managing partner of Dragonrise Capital shared their investment strategy in urban health sector. She also shared successful examples and insights on the development of the urban health industry.
Dong Mei, KPMG partner in healthcare and aged care introduced the transformation and progress in the urban health sector. She explained the challenges and opportunities in the urban health industry in China.
Xin Li, vice president of Ping An Health Insurance, shared the innovative approaches of Ping An in health finance. She emphasized the significance of payment model innovation to realize the universal healthcare coverage under the trend of urbanization.
Andy Zhang, executive general manager of business development of Fosun-Sungin shared their practical achievements in combining urbanization and health services through real estate development. He illustrated some innovative concepts and technological applications in healthcare and aging in China.
At the end of the session, two Startup Alliance members, LinkAgingCare and Judong Tech, presented their projects and business development ideas for mentors and partners. LinkAgingCare is transforming a community based elder center into high quality education and event center with innovative online courses for the elderly. Judong Tech is building a regional emergency transport integration platform that grades emergencies and points people toward where they can go for help.