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MORE Health’s SE Asia expansion to support second opinion service

Last year, it opened offices in 2015 in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. It also established a presence in Taiwan and Macau.

The Jump evolutionMORE Health, a medical tourism meets health IT business that developed a bilingual electronic health record, is in expansion mode. It has opened a few offices in China and has plans for more in other countries in Southeast Asia.

The move is part of a broader effort by the company to add a second opinion service to supplement a medical tourism business. Its EHR system was designed to provide a way for the doctors of Chinese nationals seeking specialist care in the U.S. to communicate with American specialists.

It follows a $3 million fundraise led by NEA Ventures in May last year.

In a phone interview with Co-founder and CEO Hope Lewis, she said that it opened offices in 2015 in Beijing (August), Shanghai (September) and Hong Kong (December) and also established a presence in Taiwan and Macau. The staff in these offices serve as hospital account managers.

Its total staff has grown to 60 globally, with 30 working out of its Foster City, California offices.

MORE Health is using these offices to train hospitals in China to use its platform to support collaboration with U.S. physicians not only for patients seeking a second opinion. It is also wants to enable cross-border, big data collaborative research between Chinese and American academics through its platform.

“Chinese hospitals have a lot of data but they do not know how to organize this data [for academic studies],” Lewis said.

In addition to its plans for China, Lewis said it also is adding customers for its second opinion service in Canada and the U.S. It wants to add other languages to its EHR system, such as Spanish.

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