Putuo District Central Hospital issued its first electronic invoice on Wednesday as part of a trial to simplify procedures for patients.
Compared with traditional paper invoices, they are environmentally friendly and more convenient for patients to check, print and collect. Patients normally had to queue to get a paper invoice.
Shanghai is trialing the system at six local hospitals. The only district-level hospital among the six, the Putuo hospital has stopped issuing paper invoices and has fully implemented the system.
Patients can check and print invoices via the hospital’s WeChat account (ptqzxyyzx), or at self-service machines at its outpatient and emergency departments.
Volunteers are on hand to help patients use the machines.
The hospital has also launched a one-stop online service to allow patients to make reservations and payments.