Taiwan stages APEC conference on medical information sharing

An AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation conference on medical information sharing wrapped up Aug. 9 in Taipei City, spotlighting the governments success in advancing APEC health and wellbeing initiatives.

Organized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the event involved more than 300 academics, business representatives, experts and officials from Taiwan and other APEC member economies like Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Peru, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and the U.S.

Over the course of the twoday conference, participants discussed the key topics such as harnessing the power of medical information exchanges in improving health care, best practices for collecting and utilizing related data, employing information communication technology to strengthen services and treatment standards in medical facilities.

The event also featured keynote speeches on Taiwans National Health Insurance MediCloud System by NHI Administration DirectorGeneral Dr. Lee Pochang, as well as Singapores National Electronic Health Record and other health ICT programs by Cheng Ooi Low, chief medical informatics officer of the citystates Ministry of Health.

Lee said since the NHI introduced the PharmaCloud medical record management system in 2013 and expanded its function three years later, total savings from eliminating duplicate or excessive medication stands at around NT$370 million (US$11.8 million) as of June 2019. Savings from cloudbased sharing of clinical test results are estimated at NT$1.2 billion over the same period, he added.

According to the MOHW, during meetings between Health Minister Chen Shihchung and his foreign counterparts on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly May 2028 in Geneva, many were deeply impressed by Taiwans success in promoting cloudbased medical information sharing and expressed great interest in learning from Taiwan.

The conference provided an excellent opportunity for Taiwan to showcase its medical hightech prowess while sharing achievements with likeminded partners, the MOHW said, adding that it also helped promote the countrys related sectors on the global stage.

Since joining APEC in 1991, Taiwan has made substantial contributions to the regional economic forum. These span a broad spectrum of areas such as disaster prevention, food security, small and medium enterprise development and womens empowerment.

Source: Taiwan Today