“Thank you, Alibaba Cloud, for helping us along the road towards the modernization and internationalization of traditional Chinese medicine to bring our customers a healthier life.”
PuraPharm International (HK) Limited is a Hong Kong-based company that is engaged in the research and development, production, marketing and sale of traditional Chinese medicine that can be prescribed by professional Chinese medicine practitioners all over the world. Since its founding in 1998, PuraPharm has dedicated itself to the modernization and internationalization of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Nong’s Co., Ltd., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of PuraPharm, is a TCM clinic that provides TCM-related products and services. The brand inherits PuraPharm’s missions of helping people live longer and healthier while further modernizing and internationalizing traditional Chinese medicine.02
PuraPharm has been working on the next generation TCM clinic. The development of an intelligent TCM clinic management and dispensing system application as a part of its Nong’s brand. TCM clinic application focuses on 3 features: backup client medical history and treatment procedures data in the cloud to improve data integrity and recover time; virtualize the business data and provide management a nearly-real-time statistic and insight via BI tool; enable fast provisioning of clinic application. This said, to be able to promptly put the intelligent clinic system in use, what PuraPharm needed was a powerful and cost-effective cloud solution, particularly one with a reliable and extensive network in Mainland China and Hong Kong.03
Why Alibaba Cloud
Alibaba Cloud was a clear choice for PuraPharm. As the number one cloud service provider in China and the Asia Pacific region, Alibaba Cloud has extensive service coverage across Mainland China as well as a local data center in Hong Kong. Moreover, Alibaba Cloud has several cost-effective infrastructural solutions to host and secure PuraPharm’s intelligent system application and dedicated data analytics tools to help for PuraPharm’s data processing needs.04
The proposed solution was two-fold. First was a cloud-infrastructural solution to host the clinic system, and second was a data analytics solution to meet PuraPharm’s data processing needs. The infrastructural solution to support PuraPharms system and application in the cloud combined Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) with ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL and Web Application Firewall, providing the necessary computing power, scalability, data storage, and security needed to sustain PuraPharm’s clinic system. Next, MaxCompute together Quick BI was proposed to service as PuraPharm’s analytics solution. Alibaba Cloud Quick BI provides data analytics and visualization capabilities, allowing for a more comprehensive view of data that can lead to better-informed decisions.05
The solution was not only extremely cost-effective, helping to reduce IT infrastructure operations and maintenance costs by 30%, but also saving much manpower and time. All of Nong’s clinics are now connected to the same system on the cloud, giving patients the convenience of having their medical records readily available at any of Nong’s clinics and also meeting the needs of Nong’s rapid expansion in Greater Bay Area.