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Knowledge Exchange

  • 2017 Taipei Congress

    Plenary 1 (Tuesday, November 7 – 9:30-10:30)
    The new era of health industry driven by intelligent technology and big data
    Speaker: San-Cheng Chang, President, Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry

    Today, the health and medical industry is facing similar issues like the shortage of labor force for aging care, the change of insurance payments toward pay-for performance, and the transformation of payer-based care management to population health management driven by providers. On the other side, new technology is being introduced at a faster pace and promotes greater patient power.
    The most agile and forward-thinking health social community has the opportunity to revolutionize the way care is delivered. While facing such kind of challenges, technology has the potential to reshape the entire industry. Importantly, the integration of health and medical industry has become the global trend to fulfill the needs of care providers and the way patients are treated.
    Recently, various innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet of things (IoT), and big data has seen a soaring rise, showing promise in fostering broader and more dynamic modes of health and medical service.
    In the past years, Taiwan has accomplished remarkable developments and achievements in the health care system, reflecting as the best examples of the integration between medical and information industries:

    (1) Combined with the best elements of health care system to become the best medical system of the world.
    (2) Medical system and service make Taiwan the most appropriate place to live.
    (3) Taiwan medical miracles ranked 3rd in the world and 1st in Asia.
    (4) The completeness of the national health insurance database.
    (5) Fully computerized health information system in hospital.
    (6) Full ranges of accumulated big data.

    The top 7 global smart health city.
    Furthermore, the developments and innovations of Taiwan’s ICT including IoT, smart city, social communities’ activities and robotics, in parallel with other innovative technologies will lead Taiwan into a new era of health industry.

    The ambitions of Taiwan for the global development of health and medical information technology include:

    (1) To drive the health care administration to connect to software and hardware based on Taiwan’s medical infrastructure.
    (2) To drive intelligent medical and smart health through Big Data.
    (3) To drive the health IoM (internet of me) through wearable IoT (internet of things)
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  • 2017 Taipei Congress

    Concurrent Session - Taiwan Hospital Association
    A Smart and Patient-friendly Healthcare Policy in Taiwan
    (Tuesday, November 7 – 11:00-12:30)

    Moderator: Shou-Jen Kuo, Superintendent, Changhua Christian Hospital

    Speakers:
    Min-Huei Hsu, Counselor, Ministry of Health and Welfare
    Po-Chang Lee, D.G NHIA, Ministry of Health and Welfare
    Ying-Wei Wang, D.G. HPA, Ministry of Health and Welfare

    • Shared Taiwan’s smart e-health system.
    • Shared “patient-oriented NHI Medi-Cloud System” and personalized “My Health Bank” system to illustrate the convenient and transparent cloud services system.
    • Shared how to adoption SDM to achieve health literacy program to create a healthy lifestyle environment for elderlies.
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  • 2017 Taipei Congress

    Concurrent Session - Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Associations
    Transforming digital healthcare: more than meets the eye
    (Tuesday, November 7 – 11:00-12:30)

    Moderator: Richard Ashby, Chief Information Officer, Queensland Health

    Speakers:
    James Birch, Chairman, Australian Digital Health
    Johanna Westbrook, Director, CHSSR, AIHI and Macquarie University
    Andrew Staib, Medical Lead, Queensland Health

    At the conclusion of this session, participants were able to anticipate and respond to a number of challenges associated with moving from traditional to digital healthcare delivery. Participants gained insight into the benefits Australian hospitals, clinicians, other health service providers and health consumers have realized from digitally enabled healthcare
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  • 2017 Taipei Congress

    Concurrent Session - Belgian Association of Hospitals
    The network always wins!?
    (Tuesday, November 7 – 11:00-12:30)

    Moderator: Jan Beeckmans, General Director, University Hospital Brussels

    Speakers:
    Marc Geboers, Director of General Hospitals, Zorgnet-Icuro
    Marc Noppen, CEO, University Hospital Brussels
    Renaud Mazy, CEO, University Hospital Saint-Luc

    Showed why the Belgian government is imposing an important reform on hospital networks.
    Explained how Belgian hospitals are dealing with these reforms and which aspects are critical to make networking a success.
    Provided insights on how the Belgian reform on networking fits within the broader international healthcare policy context.
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    4 hours ago
  • 2017 Taipei Congress

    Concurrent Session - INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR QUALITY IN HEALTHCARE (ISQua)
    From accreditation to quality…How can accreditation help to improve quality in health care?
    (Tuesday, November 7 – 11:00-12:30)

    Moderator: Peter Lachman, Chief Executive Officer, ISQua
    Speaker: Clifford Hughes, President, ISQua

    • Explained leadership for improvement of quality
    • Shared how to develop a business case for quality
    • Showed how accreditation can facilitate the achievement of the business case for quality

    The learning was done via an interactive process in which the concepts that were presented were discussed and debated so that the advantages of accreditation can be understood.
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    5 hours ago
  • 2017 Taipei Congress

    Concurrent Session - GS1 GLOBAL OFFICE
    The benefit of GS1 identifiers to enhance patient safety and quality of care
    (Tuesday, November 7 – 11:00-12:30)

    Moderator: Els Van der Wilden, Director Healthcare Providers Healthcare Providers, GS1

    Speakers:
    Charles Hou, Chief, MacKay Memorial Hospital
    Anthony Wong, Senior Pharmacist, Hospital Authority
    Justin Bitters, Manager, Bernhoven Hospital

    This session contained presentations from healthcare practitioners, who have implemented global GS1 standards and realised patient safety benefits. Presentations focused on reasons for implementation, methodology, ROI and learnings. Highlighted were:
    • China: patient safety through traceability of medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
    • Hong Kong: increase patient safety by introducing bar coding being able to prevent dispensing of expired items and automatically track and trace drugs to the point of issue.
    • Taiwan: system in the Central Warehouse, Cardiac Catheterization Room and Operating Room, to quickly and correctly identify medical products, reducing medical errors and increasing healthcare quality.
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    International Hospital Federation - IHF
    5 hours ago