Ms. Yan Hou currently serves as the Vice Chairperson of the China Medical Equipment Association. Previously, Ms. Hou was the Director General of the Division of Planning and Information, National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC).
From 1982 to 2009, Hou worked in the China National Development and Reform Commission (formerly the State Planning Commission) and was responsible for the planning and infrastructural investment for education, health, civil affairs, sports, and social security. From 2009 to 2013, Hou served as the Director of the General Office of the Ministry of Health and was responsible for administrative operations. Then from 2013 to 2017, she served as the Director General of the Planning and Information Department of the former NHFPC, where she was responsible for the development of health and family planning related industries, medical equipment management, and information technology industries.
Over her distinguished career, Hou was instrumental in the drafting of seven Five-Year Plans for National Economic and Social Development in China, from 1986 to 2015. From the 1994 State Council Zhenjiang Jiujiang Medical Insurance Reform Pilot, to the 2009 medical and health system reform, Hou was an active participant and a witness of the 25-year medical reform process in China, and was a drafter of the 2009 State Council reform documents. Since 2010, she has been committed to advancing the construction and interconnection of China’s national health information technology infrastructure.
In recent years, Hou served as the main author of key national documents including: (i) The State Council’s “Outlines of the National Medical Health Service System Plan” (2015-2020), (ii) Planning Outline of Healthy China 2030, (iii) 13th Five-Year Plan For Health System Planning, and (iv) “Guiding Opinions of the General Office of the State Council on Promoting and Regulating the Application and Development of Big Data in Health and Medical Care”. As such, she is an expert on China’s health and health development planning, health industry development, hospital construction, medical equipment management and information technology.