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Online health care, literature and education came to the fore during the COVID-19 outbreak, with Chinese firms exploring new business models and opportunities, Shanghai Daily has learned.

In the race to understand, contain and treat the coronavirus, technology firms like Yitu, SenseTime, Shanghai-listed Neusoft and HK-listed Ping An Good Doctor have contributed technologies through online medical channels.

The spotlight they cast includes intelligent medical equipment, online consultations, diagnosis by artificial intelligence and treatment by robots.

Daily registered users at Shanghai-based Ping An Good Doctor, which offers online diagnostic services, soared nine-fold during the epidemic.

Its artificial intelligence system, which stores knowledge of about 3,000 diseases and has some 670 million pieces of consultation data, has been certified by the World Organization of Family Doctors, the world’s largest family physician organization.

It’s the first such certification for a Chinese artificial intelligence medical system, the company said.

Online reading and cultural firms have also launched free services and content to consumers forced to stay at home during the epidemic. The participants include museums, libraries, HK-listed China Literature and China Mobile’s Migu services.

In the first quarter, more than 330,000 people tried their hand at authoring online literature. More than 520,000 new works were published by Shanghai-based China Literature, including 13,000 works from Hubei, the province most severely hit by the virus and strict lockdown.

China Mobile’s Migu services, which provided the popular online broadcasting of the daily progress on the construction of two “pop-up” hospitals in Wuhan, now offer real-time panoramic views of Mount Everest with 5G and virtual reality technologies.

Online education was another surging demand during the epidemic.

Firms like Tencent and SMG provided network and broadcasting resources to establish “on-air classrooms” in Shanghai.


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