Wolters Kluwer NV
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August 29, 2012 09:53 ET

Digitization Drives the Next Wave of Healthcare Innovation in China

ALPHEN AAN DEN RIJN, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2012) -

Beijing (August 29, 2012) - Wolters Kluwer's CEO and health leaders met today with over a hundred medical students at Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) to discuss the future of Chinese healthcare innovation - a crucial topic for the healthcare industry in China - during a Wolters Kluwer seminar, "Innovation Driving Next-Generation Healthcare." The world's largest internet and mobile user population, expected to hit 700 million by 2015, is also rapidly expanding its professional information and knowledge segments. In the Chinese healthcare field in particular, digitization of information and healthcare IT are poised to become increasingly important as the Chinese Ministry of Health plans to invest 800 billion Yuan (about 126 billion USD) in health system reform.

Wolters Kluwer has an important position in the Chinese healthcare market offering high quality, innovative solutions for healthcare professionals through information products and services including UpToDate, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Ovid, and, most recently, through a joint venture with Medicom, leading China drug information provider. Medicom now offers the most robust suite of Chinese drug information products in use by hospitals in China.

Wolters Kluwer CEO Nancy McKinstry opened the seminar. According to McKinstry, "This seminar gives us an excellent opportunity to meet with the next generation of healthcare professionals. The medical students in this classroom will have an excellent opportunity to learn about innovations in the way health information is disseminated and applied to improve healthcare outcomes for doctors, hospitals, and patients. We also learn from their ideas and great enthusiasm to improve healthcare in China."

Professor Guan Yuanzhi, Dean of Medical Education, Peking Union Medical College, discussed recent changes in medical education at PUMC. Susan Driscoll, President & CEO, Wolters Kluwer Health, Professional & Education, shared her insights on the digitization of medical education and practice in the U.S. Dr. Zhang Lei spoke about medical education in the networked era and the role of social media. Andrew Richardson, VP Business Development and General Manager Europe, Wolters Kluwer Medical Research, discussed how mobile technology is transforming the healthcare industry and user behaviors in terms of content. Li Tiantian, founder of the largest online academic portal for physicians and life science professionals, DXY.com, looked at the topic of how to use social media in improving academic achievement.

View the presentations online at our website.

Shasha Chang, CEO Wolters Kluwer China, together with CEO Nancy McKinstry, kicked off the 19th Beijing International Book Fair, and lead the opening ceremony at the Wolters Kluwer stand at 10:45 am Beijing time. The Wolters Kluwer stand can be visited in East Hall 2, #E2-K02.

If you are interested in more information about this event or to speak with any of the presenters, please contact press@wolterskluwer.com.

About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer is a market-leading global information services company. Professionals in the areas of legal, business, tax, accounting, finance, audit, risk, compliance and healthcare rely on Wolters Kluwer's leading information-enabled tools and software solutions to manage their business efficiently, deliver results to their clients, and succeed in an ever more dynamic world.

Wolters Kluwer has operated in China for over 25 years, and is strongly represented in the Chinese tax, accounting, HR, legal, healthcare, and risk and compliance markets.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2011 annual revenues of EUR3.4 billion. The group employs over 18,500 people worldwide and maintains operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The company is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on NYSE Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices.

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