A month after announcing the ambitious Future Hospital plan, AliPay plans to deepen its foray into medical and healthcare industry by supporting mobile payment services in pharmacies. The company announced today a partnership with ChinaSoft International to explore mobile payment business for medicine industry.

ChinaSoft International is a comprehensive provider of end-to-end software and information services, ranging from consulting to solution and outsourcing. The company has teamed up with CITIC 21Cn, a pharmaceutical data provider that owns the very first license allows third party online drug distribution, to roll out solution plans for online drug administration platform. It is worth noting that Alibaba together with Yunfeng Capital, a private equity firm co-founded by Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma, acquired a 54.3% stake in CITIC 21CN earlier this year.

ChinaSoft International will integrate AliPay mobile payment service into its solution plans. Through the cooperation, AliPay Wallet payment is expected to be available in more than 100K drug stores, where customers can pay for the medicines with AliPay Wallet directly.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.