Tencent is testing real-time clinic services in its WeChat wallet feature and mini-program ecosystem, the latest move for the social and gaming giant as it pushes forward in transforming the public health sector.

Chinese media TMTPost reported on Monday that a mini-program dubbed “Tencent Health” has been undergoing testing on super messaging app WeChat since mid-March. To date, e-health services available to users include online consultations and medication delivery as well as online appointments for offline hospitals. The mini-program is also accessible on WeChat Pay’s interface as an in-app service to users based in Shenzhen.

In a trial conducted by TechNode on Monday afternoon, Zhang, a doctor from Wuhu First People Hospital in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui answered real-time via chat almost immediately after a reporter filed a consultation request about the flu. The doctor asked a total of five questions concerning symptoms, medicines that were being taken, and duration during the 10-minute consultation. The session concluded with the recommendation to continue “taking medicine for one more day to see treatment effects.”

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen