(Yicai Global) Oct. 22 -- Shanghai should intensify its efforts to analyze and use its healthcare data to better allocate limited resources, the chairman of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis International said at a government advisory meeting in the Chinese city.
Shanghai has done much to digitize healthcare but there is still a long way to go to fulfill its aspirations of becoming a leading global healthy city, Dr. Joerg Reinhardt said at the 31st International Business Leaders' Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai on Oct. 20.
Mining Big Data and embracing digital technologies will help policymaking, enhance the allocation of limited resources and create new drivers to power Shanghai's goal of becoming an Asian medical hub and leading healthcare city, Reinhardt said.
A deeper understanding of treatment patterns, clinical outcomes and how these are connected to healthcare investments can propel progress in clinical care, he added.
The IBLAC serves as a forum for the heads of global enterprises to offer valuable advice and suggestions to Shanghai's mayors to enhance the city's core capacity and competitiveness as it transforms itself into a global center of excellence. Set up in 1989 by former Mayor Zhu Rongji with 12 members from seven countries, the think tank has since grown to nearly 50 members from 16 nations.