CHINA China launches campaign to help senior citizens cross digital divide

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China launches campaign to help senior citizens cross digital divide

Xinhua

22:40, December 10, 2020

A staff member helps a senior citizen with a health-tracking app at Xuanwu Hospital of the Capital Medical University in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 10, 2020. China has launched a three-year campaign to help the country's senior citizens cross the digital divide and enjoy the development of intelligent technology. The government recently issued a plan specifying measures to help the elderly overcome barriers to using smart technologies while maintaining traditional services for them. The plan, issued by the General Office of the State Council, sets objectives for the 2020-2022 period focusing on seven types of services and scenarios frequently encountered by the elderly, such as medical treatment, recreational activities, and civic services. To ensure better access to medical treatment, the plan urged efforts to help the elderly make appointments by providing diversified channels and simplifying the procedures for making appointments online. (Photos: Xinhua)

A staff member helps a senior citizen check the appointment information on the mobile phone at Beijing Tiantan Hospital under the Capital Medical University in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 9, 2020.

Senior citizens make appointments and pay for the hospital bills at a desk dedicated to the elderly and the disabled at Beijing Tiantan Hospital under the Capital Medical University in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 9, 2020.

A staff member helps a senior citizen, who can't scan the health-tracking QR code to enter the hospital, to fill in a paper form at Xuanwu Hospital of the Capital Medical University in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 10, 2020.

A staff member helps a senior citizen take the appointment receipt from a machine dedicated to the elderly and the disabled at Xuanwu Hospital of the Capital Medical University in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 10, 2020.

Photo taken on Dec. 10, 2020 shows a notice on the window saying that this registration desk only provides available appointment services for people above 65 years old from 7:30 a.m. at Xuanwu Hospital of the Capital Medical University in Beijing, capital of China.

Photo taken on Dec. 10, 2020 shows a notice saying that service desks No.11 and No.12 are designated to provide services for people above 65 years old and disabled people at Xuanwu Hospital of the Capital Medical University in Beijing, capital of China.

A staff member helps a senior citizen pay the hospital bills at a desk dedicated to the elderly and the disabled at Beijing Tiantan Hospital under the Capital Medical University in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 9, 2020.

A staff member helps senior citizens pay the hospital bills via mobile phone at Beijing Tiantan Hospital under the Capital Medical University in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 9, 2020.

A staff member helps senior citizens scan a health-tracking QR code at Xuanwu Hospital of the Capital Medical University in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 10, 2020.

A staff member helps a senior citizen check the appointment information on a machine at Beijing Tiantan Hospital under the Capital Medical University in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 9, 2020.

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