Carestream Health Inc., of Rochester, N.Y., has teamed up with China’s Ministry of Health and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Peoples Government to build a remote healthcare delivery network.

The project involves the establishment of a pilot digital-information network that will provide clinical training, digital imaging services, remote information storage and sharing of images and information with specialists in urban centers. Carestream Health will donate medical imaging and healthcare IT equipment and services to the grassroots rural hospitals.

By advancing the clinical capability and technical expertise of rural healthcare professionals, the project aims to improve the speed, quality and cost of rural healthcare, while dramatically improving the experience of rural patients.

In China, more than three-quarters of the population—totaling 800 million people—reside in rural areas.