Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Is Introduced To Public Hospitals

International students receive an email confirmation including the electronic version of their international student insurance (aka 留学生保险) and/or OPT insurance (aka opt 保险) in the United States. Then they will use the electronic insurance card to apply for claim settlement (aka 保险理赔), schedule HPV vaccine (aka hpv疫苗) injection, and physical examination in America (aka 美国体检).

You might have a question: do students who choose to waive insurance instead of purchasing school-sponsored insurance receive electronic insurance card? The answer is YES. The instruction of insurance waiver at UC Berkeley (aka 加利福尼亚大学伯克利分校替换保险) clearly states that students must upload the front and back page of their insurance cards issued by the institution where they buy their alternative health insurance plans. Currently these marketplace health agencies turn to create electronic insurance cards to policyholders instead of mailing paper copies because of time saving and work efficiency improvement.

Seeing the advantages of electronic insurance card, Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, plans to complete the conversion of paper medical records into electronic charts by April 1, 2020, said the city’s medical insurance bureau Wednesday.

Electronic medical records will be first introduced in 11 public hospitals in the city starting from August, and the conversion will be expanded to over 6,000 medical institutions across the city, to cover patients included in the national health insurance program.

Different from the paper version, electronic records will offer complete medical treatment and hospitalization history, said Shi Lianzhong, director of the municipal insurance bureau. The new measures will improve the efficiency of healthcare services and enhance health insurance regulations, said Shi, adding that facial recognition technology will also be introduced in the near future.

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