Traditional Chinese and Western medicines prescribed online

Ke Jiayun
Shanghai's first online hospital preparing traditional Chinese and Western medicines has been opened by Yueyang Hospital allowing doctors to consult patients at their own homes.
Ke Jiayun

City's first online hospital of traditional Chinese and Western medicines was opened by Yueyang Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine earlier this week. It can prepare prescriptions in accordance with patients' needs in both practices, the hospital said on Thursday.

According to Zhou Jia, president of Yueyang Hospital, the online services allow doctors to have "zero distance" with patients during the novel coronavirus pandemic and prevent cross infection. They can balance their online and offline medical resources and raise efficiency.

Patients with common or chronic diseases can have instant second or subsequent visits online with doctors without traveling to hospital or having to wait in line. 

So far the online services cover the dermatology, geriatrics, respiratory medicine, gastroenterology, breast disease and gynecology departments.

People can register on the hospital's WeChat account to use the services and prescribed drugs can be delivered to their home.

On Tuesday morning, Shi Dan, a doctor at Yueyang Hospital's geriatrics department, talked online with a patient surnamed Zhang who suffered high blood pressure and other problems. She had been visiting Shi's department for a year and her condition is currently stable.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Zhang, who works for an international logistics company, has been working overtime since March and didn’t have time to go to hospital.

After the online consultation, Shi prescribed a Western medicine as well as some traditional Chinese medicine to control her blood pressure and they were sent that afternoon.

Another patient who suffered from acne after wearing a face mask and protective clothing for a long period visited the online consulting room of Dr Yang Yingyao with the dermatology department. Yang prescribed a traditional Chinese medicine and gave her tips on keeping her face clean and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Traditional Chinese and Western medicines prescribed online
Ti Gong

The Western medicine prescribed to Zhang to control her blood pressure.

Traditional Chinese and Western medicines prescribed online
Ti Gong

Two pharmacists at Yueyang Hospital check drugs prescribed to patients after online visits.

Traditional Chinese and Western medicines prescribed online
Ti Gong

A box of medicine ready to be delivered to a patient's home.

Traditional Chinese and Western medicines prescribed online
Ti Gong

A doctor of traditional Chinese medicine at Yueyang Hospital prepares a prescription with herbs.

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