A brighter future for Taiwan’s senior citizens A comprehensive e-healthcare network 台灣銀髮族 未來會更好醫療照護 e網打盡

Taiwan’s ICT sector is a hotbed of innovation, and information technology is now starting to challenge traditional models of healthcare provision, creating new business opportunities in the process. An important issue facing the ICT sector is how to take advantage of these opportunities to give the traditional healthcare industries new innovation capabilities. In order to gain a better understanding of key trends and the outlook for future development in the healthcare sector, Ideas magazine invited a group of experts to participate in a discussion forum, with the aim of forging consensus.
台灣IT產業創新能量充沛,資訊科技對傳統醫療照護模式帶來衝擊,也產生新的商機。如何掌握契機,為傳統醫療照護產業注入創新能量,是ICT產業面臨的重要課題。為了解醫療照護未來發展與趨勢,《創新發現誌(ideas)》特別邀請專家參與本次論壇,凝聚共識。

Deputy Minister Ch’en Tsai-Chin of the Department of Health noted that industries in the early stages of development often need the government to provide incentive measures, which can take several different forms: incentives to encourage R&D, tax breaks, and direct investment by the government.
衛生署副署長陳再晉:產業發展早期,常需要政府的激勵措施,政府的激勵措施有很多種:第一,是獎勵研究發展;第二是租稅減免;第三是政府直接投資。

As regards incentives to encourage the use of domestically-produced healthcare equipment within Taiwan, besides the provision of tax breaks and investment incentives, it is also important for the government to take the lead by encouraging the 600 – 700 hospitals and clinics in Taiwan to adopt domestically-produced equipment, so as to support the growth of the domestic medical appliance industry.
對於採用國內終端裝置要獎勵,除了租稅優惠外,獎勵業者投資,並由政府公家醫院帶頭做,進而推動到國內6、700家醫療院所採用國內企業的產品,才能協助國內醫療器材產業擴大。

Lee You-Chuan, Vice President of Taipei Medical University, pointed out that the pharmaceuticals system cannot be managed effectively without adequate information, and that it is important for patients to have access to their own medical records. While some people have suggested that this would raise privacy issues, the only way to combat the waste of healthcare resources is to make sure that health information is readily available to patients; the necessary ancillary measures to ensure security etc. can always t be put in place using ICT.
台北醫學大學副校長李友專:醫藥制度要有資訊才能管理,病歷要回到病患手上,有人說認為這涉及隱私權問題,但要杜絕醫療資源浪費,就要從全民健康資訊公開讓病人可自由取得,相關資料安全等配套施措可透過導入資通訊(ICT)設備解決。

Regarding the question of medical tourism, Lee said that Taiwan is not yet really prepared to provide medical tourism services. The foreign language skills of hospital personnel are clearly inadequate, and hospital kitchens are not capable of preparing halal food; given the large number of Muslims in Southeast Asia, this fact alone is sufficient evidence of Taiwan’s lack of readiness.
推動觀光醫療,台灣還不具備應有條件,醫院的外語能力明顯不足,醫院廚房也無法準備回教食物,但東南亞國家有不少回教徒,光是這點,國內的醫院就都沒有準備好。
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