On 16thof April, Opinions of the General Office of the State Council on promoting the elderly care industrywas released, putting forward 28 measures concerning 6 areas, including the deepening of reforms of streamlining administration, delegating powers and improving regulation and services, and the development of the elderly care industry. These measures aim to help the industry raise more funds and accelerate infrastructure improvement, therefore increasing consumption of elderly care services, creating more jobs and building a high-quality industry.
As a catalyst for the commercial application of state-of-the-art technology in the healthcare filed, these measures have given Guomai a shot in the arm. The company has entered the healthcare industry by using technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to integrate the development of industries and education, which is in line with the country’s development.
By pursing innovation, the company has for the first time brought cutting-edge technology to ordinary people’s lives. In the beginning of 2019, Guomai initiated the first healthcare project (University-supported Warm Elderly Care with Artificial Intelligence) that uses IoT and AI to boost efficiency of nursing care, building a model of invisible smart care that are easy for the aged to adapt to. While accelerating the disciplinary building of nursing at Fuzhou Institute of Technology (FIT), the company encourages the nursing majors to interact with the elder people in the project to help them live a more active life. With its duplicable and increasingly mature system, the project will soon set an example for fellow companies to follow suit.
Excerpts of Opinions on promoting the elderly care industry
1. Deepening reforms of streamlining administration, delegating powers and improving regulation and services
We will cut elder service-related taxes and fees, cultivate a number of influential and competitive brands by supporting elderly care institutions with chain operation at a large scale, and strengthen the protection of these brands in accordance with the law.
2. Devising more methods of fund-raising for the elderly service sector
We encourage eligible companies that has integrated into the market and has always conformed to regulations to go public, expanding the scale of issuance of corporate bonds in the elderly service sector.
3. Encouraging entrepreneurship and Creating more jobs in elderly service sector
We will implement policies of rendering benefits for skill training and vocational skill appraisal for employees in the industry. All kinds of educational institutions, especially vocational schools (including technical schools), are encouraged to offer elderly care related programs or courses. Institutions of higher education are encouraged to offer such programs as health service and management, traditional Chinese medicine for elderly care, traditional Chinese medicine for rehabilitation and so forth.
4. Increasing consumption of elderly care services
We will build a sound long-term caring system by studying and establishing standards and service quality assessment. Thus, we can build a well-developed system of professional long-term caring services that links the household and the community to the service-providing institution.
5. Building a high-quality elderly care industry
We will promote the combination of healthcare and elderly nursing by integrating the household, the community and the institution for future development. We will initiate the “Internet + elderly care” project by setting up a number of “smart nursing centers” to offer senior citizens education. We will also continue to push forward the smart and healthy elderly care industry, increase the use of newest technology in this field, and create and popularize more elderly care service products by conducting trial runs at selected places.
6. Accelerating infrastructure improvement
We will carry out a home nursing project for the aged. Before the end of 2020, we will renovate certain houses to fit senior citizens’ needs in accordance with A Guide to Standards of Barrier-free Designby using government subsidy and other funds. These households include impoverished families, families with senior citizens who reaches a certain age, and families with senior people who are physically or mentally handicapped. We will make sure the infrastructure for the aged is planned and constructed at different levels and by every region. Inspection on the construction of infrastructure for the elderly will start in 2019 across the country, with focuses on new residential communities whose planning is not authorized by the government, whose “four-synchronization” (synchronous planning, construction, acceptance, and delivery) is not implemented and whose supporting old-age service facilities is not up to the standard, and on the completed old-age service facilities that have not been handed over or effectively utilized.