Editor’s note: This series was written by Federico Sferrazza, digital marketing manager at Daxue Consulting, a market research company based in China. The images were created by Kevin Maher, co-founder of information design agency Diatom. Part 1 looks at the current problems with China’s healthcare. Part 2 will analyze how current technologies, particularly mobile medical healthcare, will help alleviate many of these issues.

Mobile technology, social media, and e-commerce seem to dominate the conversation when it comes to digital technology in China. The healthcare industry, which traditionally lags in digital innovation relative to its peers, ranks among the least innovative sectors. New technologies pose a significant challenge for the healthcare sector, but also represent a tremendous opportunity for innovation and individualization of treatment to suit patients’ needs. Progress in digital technology has already left a radical mark on Chinese consumer behaviors and lifestyles; the healthcare industry should follow suit by moving quickly to embrace digital innovations. Private digital investment in the health industry reached $1.4 billion for the first semester of 2016, surpassing total investment in 2015. With a revolution off the table for now, here’s how mobile medical healthcare can help with China’s increasing medical problems:

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