Shenzhen People’s Hospital to Trial Use Health Cards for Outpatient Services
Residents planning to visit a doctor at Shenzhen No. 2 Hospital are now required to use their resident health cards for outpatient services since August 12, and all public hospitals in Shenzhen are expected to follow the same standard before the year ends. Residents can use their second-generation identification cards to apply for the said health cards at the hospital’s service windows or self service machines. These health cards are linked to the resident’s personal bank account or social security account. The implementation of the health cards will hopefully cut down the waiting time for patients.
Rather than standing in line, patients can make appointments with doctors, review personal health information and pay medical fees using the health cards. These health cards will be used in public hospitals around the city and a person’s medical records will be saved as digital files in the information system that will ultimately replace paper files and push information sharing among different medical institutions.
These health cards will serve as medical identification for Shenzhen residents and it is vital to create an electronic health record for each resident that contains all personal and medical information that is accessible to all doctors each residents visit.
The first trial hospital to use the new cards is Shenzhen No. 2 People’s Hospital closed several charge windows and had hospital staff explain to patient on the proper use of the health cards as well as provide assistance.