China Issues Data Protection Measures for the Healthcare and Medical Industry

Sep 26, 2018
Vivian Wu, counsel, and Xuan He, associate at FenXun Partners, in Beijing discuss the new rule issued by China’s National Health Commission regulating the administration of data protection in the healthcare and medical industry

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Technology development is driving the big data revolution in the healthcare sector in China. The Chinese government sent out clear signals on developing and applying big-data in healthcare and medical treatment back in 2015. However, accessing the medical data maintained by Chinese healthcare institutions and transferring those data outside China by business operators triggered regulatory concerns from a cybersecurity administration perspective. The National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHC) recently issued a rule to regulate data protection in the healthcare industry.