Dr. Rutstein, MD, MPH, Vice President for Medical Affairs at United Family Hospital (UFH) in Beijing, welcomed a delegation from Wolters Kluwer in September 2011. Beijing United Family Hospital (the UFH flagship facility) is China’s first and largest foreign-invested provider of full-service, premium-quality healthcare. Medical practitioners in Chinese public hospitals attend to 60 patients a day on average, however they might see 100 patients in a single day. The only way for practitioners to effectively manage such a large number of patients is to practice evidence-based medicine.
As healthcare workflows in China become more digitized and move towards evidence-based medicine, UFH provides an interesting model for Chinese healthcare practitioners and government officials to study. The Chinese government is focused on healthcare reform to conform standards of care, and an increasing number of doctors in China are preparing to pursue graduate school degrees.
Dr. Rutstein shared his view on quality of patient and healthcare and the opportunities and challenges in China. He brings a wealth of experiences from his 24-year career in the United States government. Prior to joining UFH in 2011, Dr. Rutstein held the rank of Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service and served as the Deputy Surgeon General of the United States. As China prepares for significant changes to its healthcare system, professionals like Dr. Rutstein bring valued expertise and leadership.