APEC smart health care conference wraps up in Taipei

Taiwan Today
Date: May 02, 2019

MOHW Deputy Minister Ho Chi-kung (front, sixth right) and HPA Director-General Wang Ying-wei (front, fifth right) are joined by local and foreign academics, experts and officials in giving the thumbs-up to the APEC conference on smart health care April 30 in Taipei City. (Courtesy of HPA)

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference on smart health care for noncommunicable diseases wrapped up May 1 in Taipei City, strengthening regional collaboration in using information and communication technology to tackle major public health threats.

Organized by the Health Promotion Administration under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the APEC Conference on Smart Healthcare for NCDs and Their Risk Factors Prevention and Control brought together about 200 academics, experts and officials from 12 countries and territories.

Discussions focused on emerging strategies for preventing and treating illnesses like breast cancer and diabetes. Other topics explored at the two-day event spanned implementing an age-friendly society as well as bolstering patient engagement and medical services through artificial intelligence, behavioral sensing and wearable devices.

Keynote speakers included Dr. Chen Ray-jade, superintendent of Taipei Medical University Hospital; Nam Han Cho, president of the International Diabetes Federation; and George Demiris, a biobehavioral health sciences professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the U.S.    [FULL  STORY]

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