Disease Control and Big Data Platforms for Health Policy in China: Experiences from Zhejiang Province

Philippines Conference Room
Encina Hall, Third Floor, Central, C330
616 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305
  • Zhong Jieming

Co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Asia Health Policy Program

With rapid economic development, changes in lifestyle, epidemiologic transition and the ageing of the population, China’s primary health challenge has become Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Zhejiang province—one of the wealthiest and longest-lived—illustrates how China is responding to this challenge. In Zhejiang, NCDs account for 85% of deaths; the prevalence of hypertension and diabetes are 26.7 % and 7.4%, respectively; and the age of onset of diabetes is getting progressively younger. This seminar will focus on two inter-related strategies: strengthening primary care management of chronic disease, and leveraging newly created regional “big data” platforms to improve policy. Drawing on collaborative research with Stanford’s Asia Health Policy Program, Dr. Zhong will discuss management of hypertension and diabetes patients in community health centers, as well as how Ningbo City of Zhejiang exemplifies the experience of many local governments (municipalities or counties) in building their own regional health information platforms. By gradually collecting all administrative data and other health-related information for their residents from birth to death, including medical claims, vaccination records, lifestyle behaviors, environmental and meteorological factors, and so on, more and more local policymakers seek to analyze big data to explore potential risk factors, pilot targeted interventions, and support evidence-based health policies.

zhong jieming
Zhong, Jieming graduated from the school of public health of Zhejiang University and received his master's degree in public health (MPH) from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He is the director of the Department of Non-communicable Disease (NCD) Control and Prevention in the Zhejiang CDC. He served as deputy director of the Department of Tuberculosis Control and Prevention in Zhejiang CDC during 2008-2014. He is a member of the Zhejiang Preventive Medicine Association and has engaged in and chaired several international cooperation and local research projects. He has in-depth research on NCDs and TB control and prevention, and has published over 30 scientific papers in related fields.