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Control of Human Echinococcosis in Xinjiang, China, with 2,544 Surgeries in a Multihospital Network

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  • 1 Department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou Zhejiang, China;
  • | 2 Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou Zhejiang, China;
  • | 3 Key Laboratory of Combined Multi-organ Transplantation, Ministry of Public Health, The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou Zhejiang, China
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Human echinococcosis is a serious parasitic disease threatening public health worldwide especially in Xinjiang, China, an undeveloped farming and pastoral area. A multihospital surgical network was applied to improve human echinococcosis control. An innovative surgery network connected the 28 designated public hospitals, which distributed in a vast land of 1,600,000 m2. The surgery network integrated the efficient patient digital information sharing, treatment consulting, patient transfer, and financial support. The 6-year practical outcome of 2,544 surgeries in Xinjiang, China, was retrospectively analyzed. Electronic database and surgery network have been proven especially effective in undeveloped area with vast territory, sparse population, multiple languages, and poor traffic conditions. This network turned out effectively improved patient processing efficiency and decreased the medical cost.

Author Notes

Address correspondence to Xinhua Chen, Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, Key Laboratory of Combined Multi-Organ Transplantation, Ministry of Public Health, The Department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University, 79 Qinchun Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310003, China, E-mail: xinhua_chen@zju.edu.cn or Hao Wen, Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Echinococcosis, The First Affiliated Hospital, Xinjiang Medical University, 137 Liyushan South Road, Urumqi, Xinjiang 830054, China, E-mail: dr.wenhao@163.com.

These authors contributed equally to this work.

Authors’ addresses: Xinhua Chen, Jianwen Jiang, and Shusen Zheng, Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, Key Laboratory of Combined Multi-organ Transplantation, Ministry of Public Health, The Department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, E-mails: xinhua_chen@zju.edu.cn, jiangjw@zju.edu.cn, and shusenzheng@zju.edu.cn. Xinyu Duan, Yingmei Shao, and Hao Wen, Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Echinococcosis, The First Affiliated Hospital, Xinjiang Medical University, Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, E-mails: duanxinyu119@163.com, syingmei2000@163.com, and dr.wenhao@163.com.

Financial support: This study was supported by Natural Science Foundation of China (81372425, 81421062, 81672422, and 91542205), Xinjiang Key Lab Project(2014KL002); Open Project in State Key Laboratory for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Disease (2015KF03); Open Project of Xinjiang Key Lab on Echinoccosis (XJDX0202-2010-02).

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