HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 5 February 2018 - IDS Medical Systems Group Limited ("idsMED Group"), supported by the Fung Group, and Tencent-backed We Doctor Holdings Limited ("WeDoctor"), announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that will see the two companies form an intelligent medical supply chain and procurement company in China.
The idsMED Group is an integrated medical supply chain solutions company supplying medical equipment, consumables and value-added services to thousands of hospitals and care institutions across the Asia Pacific.
WeDoctor, a technology-enabled healthcare solution platform in China, has a network of 2,700 hospitals, 220,000 doctors and over 110 million platform users in China. It uses artificial intelligence (AI) and technology to deliver healthcare services and is the leader and pioneer of Internet Hospitals in China.
The agreement will see the joint venture company, idsMED We Doctor China Ltd (the Company), connect medical device manufacturers and service providers with hospitals and care institutions in China, to centrally procure medical devices, consumables and services through WeDoctor platform.
To complement the central procurement system, the Company will provide real time and optimal supply chain coordination and value-added services, including data analytics and intelligence. Additionally, the Company also plans to set up state-of-the-art medical training and education academies across China to deliver medical products and clinical training as well as accredited medical training courses and education seminars for doctors and nurses, managers and administrators.
Speaking at the signing, Ben Chang, Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner of the idsMED Group, said, "Unlike other transaction-based online platform, the company will provide a wide array of customized medical specialty care expertise, services and applications to facilitate and support manufacturers and suppliers to connect with hospitals and care institutions in the entire procurement process. WeDoctor is at the forefront of the technology that is enhancing the accessibility of quality and affordable healthcare in China. Together we have a unique opportunity to transform the complex and costly medical device distribution system in China."
Jerry Liao, Founder, Chairman and CEO of WeDoctor, said, "The combination of industry know-how and supply chain expertise from an industry leader like idsMED Group together with our extensive platform driven by big data and artificial intelligence will accelerate progress towards our goal of delivering quality and accessible healthcare to everyone."
IdsMED We Doctor China Ltd aims at transforming the currently fragmented, relationship driven and trading-nature medical device and consumables procurement practice in China. The creation of an intelligent and transparent, value-add and neutral online platform will bring about an open market procurement system that will significantly reduce costs and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of China's medical supply-chain.
This joint venture carries strategic interests for both parties. For the idsMED Group, its entry into China will significantly strengthen its business value proposition, enhancing its already strong ASEAN, Hong Kong and Taiwan presence. For WeDoctor, this partnership will see it enter the US$20-billion, fast-growing medical device and consumables market in China. It further strengthens WeDoctor's mission of providing more accessible, more affordable and better-quality healthcare to China's vast population base.
About the idsMED Group
The IDS Medical Systems Group ("idsMED Group") is a leading medical supply chain solutions company in Asia. It has an extensive Asia Pacific distribution network with access to over 10,000 healthcare institutions and represents over 200 global medical brands in equipment and medical consumables. These include GE Healthcare, Philips, Maquet, Trumpf, Hill-Rom, Hamilton, Biosensors, Biotronik, Smiths Medical, Teleflex, Ansell and others. idsMED has a workforce of 1,600 employees including 700 highly experienced field sales, product and clinical specialists and 300 professional bio-medical engineers providing installation and maintenance services. The idsMED Group is a member of Fung Investments.
For more information, visit www.idsmed.com.
Founded by Jerry Liao and his team in 2010, WeDoctor is a technology-enabled leading healthcare solutions platform in China. It helps hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and other industry chain entities to realize service cloudification and intelligence, and provides users with integrated services including online and offline consultation, patient referral, specialist access and end-to-end health management service. WeDoctor has connected with more than 2,700 hospitals, 15,000 pharmacies and clinics, 220,000 leading doctors and 110 million platform users in China.
Authors: Media Outreach