Beijing has begun issuing electronic health cards to residents through WeChat in a pilot program facilitated by Tencent and Sinosoft Technology. Currently, patients at Peking University Hospital and Beijing Friendship Hospital can benefit from the service.

According to reports (in Chinese), the digital cards are part of a broader plan to improve healthcare services by 2030. Their implementation comes as part of a move to standardize patient information. The pilot hopes to explore possible applications of the virtual card in the Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei urban areas, with plans to eventually integrate patient information from the three regions.

The virtual health card is currently available through Peking University Hospital’s official WeChat account. Beijing Friendship University is presently unable to issue cards as it is in the process of debugging its card-issuing platform.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.