Loud. Expensive. Frustratingly-vague directions. Long lines that lead to more lines that lead to even more lines. People’s experiences in Chinese hospitals aren’t exactly positive, and who can blame them? They’re plagued by constant shortages of medical supplies that are inefficiently distributed.

However, with artificial intelligence starting to be utilized by companies in a diversity of industries, a frustrating trip to the hospital may become a thing of the past. Both startups and huge corporations are looking into how AI can be used in the medical field. While other industries have been “smartified” relatively easily, putting anything medical in the hands of a robot requires a delicate approach.

That’s one of the things we’ll get to explore at TechCrunch Hangzhou 2018: the opportunities and challenges that show up when creating smart hospitals.

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James Deutsch

James Deutsch is a marketing intern based in Beijing. You can contact him at jm.deutsch@protonmail.com.