Telemedicine providers and vendors doing business in China, whether based in China, the United States, or elsewhere, received new guidance on the use of telemedicine in China. On August 29, 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHFPC) published Interpretations (interpretive guidance) and associated regarding telemedicine services in China. (The Opinions are dated August 21, 2014.) These documents were released to the public shortly thereafter. The documents include the Interpretation and the “Opinions of the National Health and Family Planning Commission Regarding Promoting Medical Institutions’ Telemedicine Services,” reflect China’s efforts to promote the adoption and use of telemedicine in the country. Access a copy of the new Opinions and Interpretation, along with an English language translation, here.
The new Opinions represent the first official telemedicine guidance published since the former Ministry of Health’s brief but notable document, “Notice on Strengthening the Administration of Telemedicine Consultation” promulgated more than 15 years ago on January 4, 1999. The Opinions serve as an essential update to the 1999 Notice, including greater detail and representing important step forward in China’s policy position and regulatory expectations for telemedicine providers. Continue reading this entry