Philippines Room, C330, Encina Hall, Stanford University
Advances in artificial intelligence, use of "big data", digital platforms enabling mass collaboration, automation, the "internet-of-things" and other so-called "4th Industrial Revolution" (4IR) technologies are enabling a radical shift in how healthcare is delivered. Few places are attempting to integrate these technologies into healthcare as rapidly as China. This talk will discuss China's comparative advantage in the adoption of these technologies and lay out a research agenda for the economics of digital health. While these technologies bring potential to produce massive improvements in access to high-quality care and lower costs, this result is far from certain. Beyond mere technical uncertainty, 4IR technologies are likely to produce profound changes in healthcare markets by altering the nature of incentives in the health system and relationships between patients, providers, payers. Evidence on these issues is needed to inform policy and regulation aiming to maximize social value and mitigate unintended consequences. Specific applications will be drawn from online research in China and other middle-income countries.
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