The International Medical Expert Communication Platform saw a surge in applications from over 440 medical institutions amid the battle to find answers and mitigate the continued spread of COVID-19. Established jointly by the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation, the platform is considered to be the centerpiece of Global MediXchange for Combating COVID-19 (GMCC) program
The platform uses real-time artificial intelligence (AI) translation to overcome language barriers so medical and health experts from across the globe will be able to exchange ideas, discoveries, and breakthroughs.
To date, most applications have come in thus far from medical institutions in Germany, Pakistan, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Application is a requirement to be able to participate in the discussions within the platform.
Tapping Alibaba Group’s DingTalk messaging and communications functions, the digital platform provides free audio and video conference functionality, along with live broadcast functions for more-complex scenarios. Medical workers from different countries can choose to communicate with their fellow doctors individually, or they can participate in live-sharing group sessions to interact with multiple participants.
A playback function allows further sharing or posting on official websites for consumption anytime — and for those who can’t join the live broadcasts due to the time difference or if they are occupied by their duties.
Also as part of the GMCC program, the Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment, authored by the First Affiliate Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine and complied according to clinical experience, is now available at no cost and in seven languages: Chinese, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Turkish. This handbook provides comprehensive guidelines and best practices by China’s top experts for coping with COVID-19.
More languages will be added soon, as the GMCC program continues to launch more anti-epidemic resources and provide more practical suggestions and references for medical staff worldwide.