Webinar on Digital Health Solutions from Taiwan Calls for Healthcare Rethink

Five medtech brands from Taiwan presented their latest digital health innovations in a webinar organized by TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council), Taiwan’s leading trade promotion organization, and Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

A year into the pandemic, “Taiwan still remains as one of the best-managed societies against Covid-19, having one of the lowest mortality rates and one of the lowest infection rates, partially based on Taiwan’s digital health development,” remarked Dr. Yu-Chuan Jack Li, a dermatologist, professor and President-Elect of the International Medical Informatics Association, during his opening remarks.

The International Medical Informatics Association is an independent world body that promotes and furthers the use of information science in the fields of healthcare, bioscience and medicine.

The hour-long webinar was held to spotlight the country’s strengths and to call for a healthcare rethink, highlighting the need to enable and improve the quality of healthcare through technology. Just like Taiwan’s globally recognized semiconductor industry and chip manufacturing capabilities, the country also has a fully digitized healthcare system that interlinks all hospitals, clinics and related government administrations. According to Dr. Li, this technologically advanced environment has helped Taiwan develop the most cost-efficient and high-quality medical devices and software, ideal for the future of healthcare.

During the webinar, five companies, all of whom are winners of this year’s Taiwan Excellence Awards, highlighted various smart medical solutions that are suitable for health facilities and communities. The product launch featured Leltek’s handheld wireless ultrasound technology, Wincomm’s Medical AI Panel PC, Acer Healthcare’s AI-assisted diagnostic software for diabetic retinopathy, MiiS’s medical image solution, and Apollo Medical Optics’ OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) solution, a non-invasive skin analysis device.

Overall, the event attracted almost 300 registrants and attendees, and welcomed online viewers from over 10 countries including the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Italy, France, Iran, Germany and the UK.

Aside from coming up with impressive digital health solutions, Taiwan believes effective communication should be at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19. The country came up with a dedicated website where it shared its experience and expertise in fighting Covid-19 and prevent its further spread. This website features some of Taiwan’s most advanced and state-of-the-art epidemic prevention measures and smart technologies to fight the virus and show how healthcare from Taiwan helps the world. Find more anti-epidemic product providers at https://www.anticovid19tw.org.

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