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Japan Today: VR and AI bring New Options to Healthcare【2018.08.17】

Source : Japan Today
Published : 2018-08-17

In Japanese hospitals, virtual reality (VR) is getting real. Intuitive Surgical, the company behind the da Vinci robotic surgical system, is also exploring VR simulation training to hone physicians' robotic-assisted surgical skills. VR healthcare applications are increasingly found outside the surgical theater....

In Japanese hospitals, virtual reality (VR) is getting real. Together with augmented reality (AR), this technology—once the realm of devoted gamers—is now helping surgeons hone their technique.
 
Twelve hospitals across Japan are now using VR tech­nology from Tokyo-based Holoeyes, Inc. to view 3D models of organs such as the liver and kidneys. These VR reconstructions allow doctors to carefully plan the fine details of each procedure and provide them with a more accurate view of a patient's anatomy during surgery.
 
The HoloEyes VR application was created using CT scan data from the company's own healthcare database, compiled since the startup launched five years ago. Patients must consent to share their data, which doctors upload once it has been anonymized. For example, if a doctor enters search criteria such as “female, osteoporosis, 70s,” 3D images of matching cases will be returned. Such images can be used for diagnosis or training.
 
CEO Naoji Taniguchi started the company with Dr. Maki Sugimoto, a physician known for cutting-edge medical techniques. A strong connection to a respected physician is key to the success of Holoeyes and other health-tech startups, Taniguchi said. The company also took part in a 2017 startup accelerator program by Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd., and Taniguchi credits this with helping him to promote the business.
 
Though HoloEyes VR is still in the development stage, the tech­nology is already in use for actual surgical procedures—particularly for those involving organs with no blood flow, such as the liver or kidneys. “Because our tool is not diagnostic, we don't need special licenses,” Taniguchi said.
 
NEXT-GEN TRAINING
 
In addition to its applications in the operating room, Taniguchi envisions HoloEyes VR as a next-generation training tool for young surgeons. “Our users are most excited about the precision, reduction in surgery time, and being able to share the results with colleagues and patients.”
 
Intuitive Surgical, the company behind the da Vinci robotic surgical system, is also exploring VR simulation training to hone physicians' robotic-assisted surgical skills. Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare first approved the device for use in certain procedures in 2009, and just this year cleared da Vinci for use in 12 additional procedures.
 
“Research suggests that surgeons who train using virtual-reality simulation technology improve their skills and efficiency,” said Intuitive Surgical senior vice president Myriam Curet, MD.
 
Sysmex Corporation, a Japanese manufacturer of diagnostic devices, is employing AR to make operations more efficient and train end users on its machines. Unlike VR, which is completely immersive and requires users to wear a headset, AR merely enhances existing images, such as those captured by a tablet or mobile phone camera, adding an extra layer of text or imagery to the real world.
 
Sysmex uses AR software to maintain its blood analyzers, eliminating the need to send technicians out for routine tasks. If a user needs to clean part of the machine, for example, they can explain what needs to be done simply by holding an iPad in front of the machine.
 
NEW REHAB
 
VR healthcare applications are increasingly found outside the surgical theater. Dr. Masahiko Hara, a cardiologist by trade, started mediVR, Inc. two years ago in response to unmet needs in a clinical setting. The startup aims to standardize rehabilitation training for patients with neurological disorders.
 
Earlier this year, mediVR was selected as the Grand Prix winner of the Japan Healthcare Business Contest, sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Its winning product uses the Vive VR headset from Taiwan-based HTC Corporation. VR software, associated hand controls, and a linked computer guide patients through exercises that restore a sense of balance.
 
In traditional settings, a trainer would instruct a patient to raise a hand above his or her head, subjectively evaluating whether the patient completed or failed the task. With mediVR software, explicit instructions, such as “Raise your hand 30 cm above your chin,” are given through the VR headset and 3D tracking enables accurate assessment of performance.
 
“We can evaluate achievement rates, maybe 50 percent or 80 percent, instead of just a pass or fail score judged by one person,” Hara said. MediVR is targeting hospitals as well as nursing homes, with a focus on elderly patients. “Elderly people really enjoy our product,” Hara said, “as they don't seem to suffer from the VR sickness many young people get. We think they can control their minds better.”
 
After patients complete a task with mediVR's program, an algorithm using artificial intelligence (AI) dictates the next task according to maximum tolerance limits, which are the foundation of rehabilitation programs. “People need to train one task repeatedly to rehabilitate and remember sensations such as balance,” Hara explained. “AI provides patients with tailor-made, maximally tolerable tasks again and again, whereas current training efficacy is based purely on the skill of a particular trainer.”
 
Phase I of clinical trials ended in December 2017, and mediVR aims to launch its product in Japan by the end of this year. The startup has also applied for approval from the US Food and Drug Administration and for the CE marking, a certification showing that a product meets the health, safety, and environmental standards of the European Economic Area. “There are very few verbal instructions in rehabilitation,” said Hara. “It should be easy to expand our product globally.”
 
DATA POWERHOUSE
 
In addition to VR, AI applications are gaining traction in global healthcare. AI is omnipresent in most people's lives, whether they realize it or not. Everyday things such as Amazon recommendations and translations of a Twitter post utilize the technology. In a healthcare setting, AI analytics tools are often used to mine patient and treatment data to find disease trends.
 
According to John Carlson, manager of government affairs at biopharmaceutical company AbbVie GK and chair of the ACCJ Healthcare Committee, “Applications of AI solutions are either patient-facing—something that improves outcomes—or internal, to improve operations or efficiency. In Japan, there is a lot of interest in the latter.”
 
In May, Japan passed new legislation to create an infrastructure for anonymizing personal health data and making it available for public use. Currently, data is stored on separate systems at regional clinics, urban hospitals, and other healthcare outlets, so attempts at standardization have proven challenging. Now, the government has designated data centers that will collect and control what data is available for research.
 
If the new law does indeed create a central data repository, pharmaceutical companies stand to benefit. “The key use case for AbbVie and others is in the design and development of clinical trials,” Carlson explaied. “AI can be effectively deployed to analyze available info and existing trials in a medical space and to help determine parameters for a study.” In the United States, clinical trials often come in three phases and last for up to seven years before new drugs are considered for approval.
 
Carlson also points to how businesses such as Pfizer Inc. are using the IBM Watson AI platform to aid in drug research. Watson came into the spotlight in 2011 after defeating two of the most successful champions of the long-running US quiz show Jeopardy. “IBM Watson supports physicians and decision-making to map treatment options for each patient. It's working well in areas such as oncology, where combi­nation therapies are common.”
 
In December 2016, Pfizer announced a collaboration with Watson for Drug Discovery, an IBM cloud-based platform that assists scientists and researchers, to use the AI technology in its immuno-oncology research.
 
In contrast to chemotherapy, which works to kill off cancer cells, immuno-oncology uses the body's own immune system to fight cancer. However, the possible combinations of cancer-fighting immunoagents are countless. Watson helps narrow the field to combinations that might be most effective, thanks to its brainpower comprising millions of health records and historical data.
 
In a 2018 press release, IBM highlights that the average human researcher reads 200–300 articles per year, while Watson “has ingested 25 million Medline abstracts, more than 1 million full-text medical journal articles, 4 million patents, and is regularly updated.”
 
CONVERGENCE
In the expanding AI space, there is room for collaboration between not just global giants such as Pfizer and IBM, but also budding startups and community-oriented programs. Indeed, such collaboration is necessary.
 
One alliance, formed through US healthcare incubator Matter, involves Japan's Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited and Chicago-based AI software company rMark Bio, Inc. Named in 2017 as one of the top 100 most disrup­tive companies in the world, rMark Bio offers a business intelligence platform that analyzes global health data alongside pharma companies' internal business data to make recommendations on key opinion leaders (KOLs), which are influential doctors and researchers who work with pharmaceutical companies in the discovery and commercialization of new drugs.
 
Takeda was looking to identify KOLs to meet specific business needs, having experimented with AI and deep learning algorithms to discern KOL market segments. However, following five years of disappointing trials, the pharma company realized it required more customization than off-the-shelf products could provide. Enter rMark Bio, which partnered with Takeda in 2016 to develop a custom­ized AI platform that could identify the target providers and organizations matching Takeda's criteria.
The partnership has yielded benefits for both parties. Takeda could license a customized product harnessing the power of machine learning without any upfront research and develop­ment costs. And the founders of rMark Bio learned firsthand how to navigate the complex legal and procurement processes, as well as the sales cycle, of pharma giants. Having a strong understanding of operations at such companies will lay the foundation for rMark Bio's approach to future clients.
 
This sort of cooperation is equally essential in Japan, where hospitals and healthcare institutions tend to be conservative. Health-tech startups require KOLs and internal champions to make inroads for their solutions, and medical institutions can ultimately save lives—and precious time—by embracing new tech­nology platforms. AI and VR are already delivering data-driven personalized healthcare at a fair cost, and these technologies will be invaluable as Japan's society ages.
 
(Source: Japan Today)
 
 

Taipei Medical University leads Taiwan in Systemic Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine【2018.07.31】

Source : QS Wow News
Published : 2018-07-31

Although Taipei Medical University triumphed over 20 universities to host Taiwan's Regeneration Technology Development program, it has many partners in this exciting new field...

A Taiwanese Research Team finds Mechanism of Metastasis for Breast Cancer-related【2018.07.10】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2018-07-10

The National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) yesterday said its researchers have discovered a mechanism that reduced the relapse and metastasis of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) in animal testing, with future experiments to show whether it might have the same effect on the human body...

Infant from Kiribati conquers heart disease in Taiwan【2018.07.09】

Source : Taiwan Healthcare+
Published : 2018-07-09

The survival of a five-month-old baby boy from Kiribati named Nawere has been called a "miracle" by Mackay Memorial Hospital in Taipei after he made it through several crises while being treated for an ailment caused by a congenital heart defect...

Taiwan Hospitals Team up to Tap into SE Asia Health Care Market【2018.06.26】

Source : CNA NEWS
Published : 2018-06-26

Seventeen large hospitals in Taiwan formally launched an association Monday to jointly explore the health care market in countries targeted by the government's New Southbound Policy...

Taiwan plans The Construction of Geriatric Hospital【2018.06.25】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2018-06-25

In addition to caring for patients, the hospital would specialize in pharmaceutics for older patients and play a key role in developing smart hospitals...

Taiwan explores Cooperation in Health with Indonesia【2018.06.25】

Source : ANTARA News
Published : 2018-06-25

Taiwan has a great hope to be able to work with Indonesia and other ASEAN countries, through sharing experiences and contributing to the medical world...

Three US Scholars Awarded Tang Prize for Facilitating Targeted Cancer Therapies【2018.06.20】

Source : Taiwan Healthcare+
Published : 2018-06-20

Dr. Tony Hunter, Dr. Brian J. Druker, and Dr. John Mendelsohn are the recipients of the 2018 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science. These three renowned American scholars are awarded for the discovery of protein tyrosine phosphorylation and tyrosine kinases as oncogenes, leading to successful targeted cancer therapies...

Taiwan's Cell and Gene Therapy Bill might Pass by August【2018.06.19】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2018-06-19

The law would be amended to include six cell therapy procedures, 10 special medical procedures and 11 pieces of medical equipment used in the special procedures...

Billions of T-cells clear woman's Breast Cancer in study【2018.06.10】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2018-06-10

An experimental therapy that extracts and multiplies powerful immune-system cells from inside tumors eradicated a patient's breast cancer, a scientific first that could lead to new ways of treating malignancies that have resisted all other efforts...

Taiwan Hospitals to Promote Health in Asia【2018.06.04】

Source : CNA NEWS
Published : 2018-06-04

The Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) announced a plan last Friday for six Taiwanese hospitals to each form a medical team to improve health care in six Asian countries and lay the groundwork to boost Taiwan's health care and medical sector.

Many Breast Cancer Patients can Skip Chemo, Big Study finds【2018.06.04】

Source : Associated Press
Published : 2018-06-04

Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient's risk.

Taiwan Medical Team from Cathay General Hospital to assists Fijian Physical Health【2018.05.31】

Source : fijisun.com
Published : 2018-05-31

Taiwan's Two Major Medical Associations announce Consensus of the Pharmacological Management of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases【2018.05.23】

Source : Taiwan Healthcare+
Published : 2018-05-23

This consensus provides physicians most updated information and recommendations regarding targets of HbA1c and choice of drugs. The consensus is not mandatory, and the physician's decision remains most important in diabetes management.

NHRI Researchers finds Three Major Factors for Liver Cancer【2018.05.22】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2018-05-22

The findings prove that in addition to commonly known risk factors — chronic hepatitis, alcohol addiction and cirrhosis — the three non-viral risk factors they have identified point at increased risk of developing liver cancer...

A Taiwanese Study Shows Heart Attacks more Common during Cold Weather【2018.05.19】

Source : The Irish News
Published : 2018-05-19

Those likely to be at risk include people who have previously had a heart attack, the elderly, smokers, or those with diabetes, high blood pressure, or who are obese.

Taiwan committed to 'healthy ASEAN community'【2018.05.10】

Source : CNA NEWS
Published : 2018-05-10

Nauru Boy named 'Taiwan' a Tribute to Medical Missions Abroad【2018.05.04】

Source : Taiwan News
Published : 2018-05-04

US and Taiwan co-organize International Workshop on Laboratory Diagnosis for Enterovirus to Strengthen Diagnostic Capacity for enteroviruses among New Southbound Policy partner countries【2018.04.23】

Source : Taiwan Healthcare+
Published : 2018-04-25

China Medical University Hospital (CMUH) Once Again in International Medical Aid for Vietnamese Children–Continues the Miracle of Life【2018.04.20】

Source : Taiwan Healthcare+
Published : 2018-04-25

Taiwan's I-Shou School of Medicine accredited by List of International Medical Schools【2018.04.03】

Source : Taiwan News
Published : 2018-04-03

World Directory of Medical Schools is a comprehensive resource on undergraduate medical education worldwide

Taiwan Medical Teams Traveled Halfway across The World to offer aid to Peruvian Tribes【2018.04.03】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2018-04-03

Is Insomnia Linked to Cognitive Decline and Dementia?【2018.04.02】

Source : Adriano Vissa, PhD
Published : 2018-04-02

A Taiwanese study analyzed medical records to identify the risk of developing dementia for people diagnosed with primary insomnia.

Taiwan International Training Center promotes Global Health Care Development【2018.04.01】

Source : Taiwan News
Published : 2018-04-01

Taiwan's National Health Insurance advances WHO Goal【2018.03.26】

Source : Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
Published : 2018-03-26

Bedtime Routine might be better than Medication for Insomniacs: Taiwan Doctor【2018.03.20】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2018-03-20

Taiwan, One of The Top 10 Medical Tourism Destinations around The World【2018.03.13】

Source : Medical Tourism Magazine
Published : 2018-03-13

Taiwan boasts as the first in kidney transplant in Asia. The National Taiwan University Hospital, where the procedure was performed, provides affordable and high-quality treatment for medical tourists.

62-year-old Taiwanese Woman successfully gives Birth【2018.03.09】

Source : Taiwan News
Published : 2018-03-09

62-year-old woman ties the record for being the oldest to ever give birth in Taiwan

Varicose veins tied to higher odds for blood clots 【2018.02.28】

Source : Medical Xpress
Published : 2018-02-28

Taiwanese Doctors offer Telehealth Services to Compatriot Businessmen in Thailand【2018.02.12】

Source : Central News Agency
Published : 2018-02-12

A group from Changhua Christian Hospital visited Thailand on Saturday Feb. 10

World Academy of Sciences selects three Taiwanese as fellows【2018.02.06】

Source : The Central News Agency
Published : 2018-02-06

Taiwan Researchers find Key Substance for Brain Cell Regeneration【2018.02.06】

Source : CNA NEWS
Published : 2018-02-07

Treatment Outcomes of Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis in Taiwan【2018.02.06】

Source :
Published : 2018-02-06

Of the 692 MDR-TB patients, 570 (82.4%) were successfully treated. Taiwan's TMTC has been a highly effective model of care in the management of MDR-TB.

Study reveals Rising Burden of Atrial Fibrillation among Asian Patients【2018.02.06】

Source : News Medical
Published : 2018-02-06

First large-scale investigation of AF in Taiwan shows increasing risks, according to a new study in the journal CHEST®

Taiwan's National Health Insurance enters New Era of Cloud-based Records Management【2018.01.31】

Source : Taiwan News
Published : 2018-01-31

Taiwan's National Health Insurance (NHI) system is entering a new era of efficiency and upgraded services following the recent launch of a cloud-based medical records management platform, according to the NHI Administration under the Ministry of Health and Welfare Jan. 30.

Taiwan reports its 1st Liver Transplant for Newborn【2018.01.24】

Source : CNA NEWS
Published : 2018-01-24

The boy was only 52 days old when he was given a liver transplant after being diagnosed with a rare maternal-fetal autoimmune disease

Taiwan to Increase Hospitals and Pharmacies for HIV Care【2017.12.26】

Source : Focustaiwan
Published : 2017-12-26

Taiwan is expected to increase the number of designated hospitals and pharmacies that provide medical care and medicine for HIV and AIDS patients in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Friday. At a press conference to announce the move, CDC Director-General Chou Jih-haw said Taiwan is expected to see an additional four designated hospitals that provide medical care to HIV and AIDS patients next year, bringing the total number to 73.

Taiwan's Medical Programs recognized as Comparable to Those of The USA【2017.12.26】

Source : Taiwannews
Published : 2017-12-26

The Ministry of Education received a notice on Dec. 25 from the US National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), under the US Department of Education.

Mistreating ADHD might Worsen Condition: Group【2017.11.20】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-11-20

BREAKING STIGMA:Symptoms of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder include severe, disproportionate tempers and a constantly irritable mood, a physician said

Taiwan Government Hopes to Reduce Unnecessary Healthcare Expenditure by Introduce More Information Technology【2017.11.14】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-11-14

EXPENSIVE TREATMENT:The premier said cancer medication cost the nation NT$32.2 billion last year, about 38 percent of treatment costs, and he hoped to bring this down

Taiwanese Delegation Hopes to Establish a Patient Transfer System in Malaysia【2017.11.14】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-11-14

A delegation of medical experts from nine Taiwanese hospitals and clinics is visiting Malaysia, hoping to establish a patient transfer system with Malaysian medical institutes and introduce more patients to Taiwan.

Breast Cancer Cells Empowered in Tumor-draining Lymph Nodes by Tregs【2017.11.07】

Source : Academia Sinica
Published : 2017-11-07

When breast cancer cells are found in the lymph nodes, it is considered an important prognostic predictor for patient survival. However, whether tumor-draining lymph nodes (TDLNs) take parts in the course of breast cancer metastasis has never been thoroughly looked at.

Taiwan, Marshall Islands sign health care agreement【2017.11.07】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-11-07

Taiwan's Taipei Medical University Shuang Ho Hospital signed an agreement with the Marshall Islands' Ministry of Health and Human Services last Monday to continue a medical internship program as well as establish a Hospital Information System (HIS) to enhance the quality of health care in the Pacific island country.

‘Taiwan-made' Test-tube Babies Hold Reunion【2017.11.06】

Source : INQUIRER.net
Published : 2017-11-06

More than 500 Filipino test-tube babies have been born with the help of Lee's hospital in Taichung, Taiwan.

The Global Health Forum in Taiwan, Drawing an International Crowd【2017.10.23】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-10-23

The Global Health Forum in Taiwan, organized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, opened in Taipei yesterday, attracting 58 experts from 35 nations and hundreds of participants.

Herbal Remedies Linked to Cases of Liver Cancer across Asia【2017.10.23】

Source : The Japan Times
Published : 2017-10-23

Taiwan and Singapore's researchers have uncovered widespread evidence of a link between traditional Chinese herbal remedies and liver cancer across Asia, a study said last Wednesday.

A Successful Case of Taiwan's First Allogeneic Double Arm Transplant【2017.10.02】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-10-02

A medical team at Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital found him a suitable arm donor, and he became the recipient of Taiwan's first allogeneic double arm transplant.

Hereditary and Environmental Factors are Just as Critical as Smoking in Causing Cancer: Taiwan Study【2017.09.25】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-09-25

The study confirms that hereditary and environmental factors are just as critical as smoking in causing cancer, said Yang Pan-chyr, who led the research.

Taiwan and India Eager to Join Hands on Healthcare【2017.09.24】

Source : Taiwan News
Published : 2017-09-26

Taiwanese delegation visits India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

St Jude Hospital to Receive Medical Specialists from Taiwan【2017.09.22】

Source : St. Lucia New
Published : 2017-09-22

St Jude Hospital (SJH), the main healthcare provider in the south of St Lucia, formally welcomed six medical volunteers from Changhua Christian Hospital, Taiwan.

NTU Hospital sets Example with Newborn Screening Program【2017.09.17】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-09-17

National Taiwan University (NTU) Hospital's Newborn Screening Center has worked with hospitals and clinics across Taiwan, conducting screening for around 120,000 newborns between 2014 and 2016 and finding eight babies with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

Taiwan to host World Hospital Congress【2017.09.09】

Source : Taiwan News
Published : 2017-09-12

The event is organised by International Hospital Federation, which works closely with the WHO.

Taiwanese scholar wins global award for cancer breakthrough【2017.09.04】

Source : Wow News
Published : 2017-09-04

Dr Kelvin Tsai is used to acclaim – a press release about his most recent paper inspired some twenty news stories published around the world, and he recently returned from accepting the Breast Journal Award from WISE Blackwell publishers at a Florida ceremony.

19 Healthcare Organizations in Taiwan Make Commitments Toward Zero Preventable Patient Deaths【2017.08.29】

Source : The Patient Safety Movement Foundation
Published : 2017-08-29

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) announced on August 24 that 19 hospitals and healthcare organizations in Taiwan have signed a commitment to implement processes to eliminate preventable patient deaths. The commitments were announced in Taichung City, Taiwan in June 2017.

Taiwan's Government aims to Increase Dementia Care Centers, Diagnosis Rates【2017.08.26】

Source : CNA NEWS
Published : 2017-08-26

The Ministry of Health and Welfare aims to increase the number of dementia care centers and the diagnosis rates of the disease in Taiwan over the next four years, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said Saturday.

Quitting Statins after Stroke may Raise Risk of Another Stroke: Taiwan Study【2017.08.22】

Source : American Heart Association
Published : 2017-08-22

Stroke patients who stopped taking statin drugs three to six months after a first ischemic stroke, the type caused by narrowed arteries, had a higher risk of a having another stroke within a year, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Taiwan Hospital Helps to Develop Microchip for Fetal Testing【2017.08.19】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-08-19

Cathay General Hospital said it has developed a new class of microchips with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) that might be able to help in noninvasive screening of fetuses for genetic disorders.

Taiwanese University Research Team Rewrite Memory Formation Formula【2017.08.16】

Source : Chang Gung University
Published : 2017-08-16

Palau signs MOU with Taiwan Hospital/University【2017.08.16】

Source : I-Shou University
Published : 2017-08-16

Vietnamese Girls Celebrate at The CMUH after Receiving Treatment for Elephantiasis【2017.07.25】

Source : CNA NEWS
Published : 2017-07-25

Taiwan Joins Forces with Insilico Medicine to Apply AI to Biomedical Research【2017.07.05】

Source : DCB, PITDC, TMU
Published : 2017-07-05

The Development Center for Biotechnology (DCB), the Medical and Pharmaceutical Industrial Technology Development Center (PITDC), and Taipei Medical University (TMU), three of Taiwan's premier biomedical institutions, have teamed up with Baltimore-based Insilico Medicine to develop groundbreaking research in applied A.I. for biomedical science. The four parties signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for Cooperation at the BioTaiwan 2017 BioBusiness Asia Conference.

Cancer remains No. 1 cause of death in Taiwan in 2016【2017.06.19】

Source : China Post
Published : 2017-06-26

Persistence pays for Taiwan virologist who helped stop SARS【2017.05.24】

Source : Nikkei Asia Review
Published : 2017-05-24

Once ignored, Michael Ming-Chiao Lai's research saved countless lives

110 babies born via donor eggs from Taiwan since 2014【2017.05.09】

Source : The Yomiuri Shimbun
Published : 2017-05-09

Taiwanese egg donors help infertile Japanese couples conceive 110 children in three years

Patient received electronic eyes surgery in Taiwan - Asia's first successful case 【2017.04.21】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-04-21

The procedure is currently only able to restore vision to 0.01, but experts are optimistic about the rapid rate of technological advances

MOST seals medical research agreement with MIT【2017.04.13】

Source :
Published : 2017-04-13

Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology deepens medical research collaboration with MIT

World takes reference from Taiwan's research on H. pylori: scholar 【2017.03.28】

Source : Central News Agency
Published : 2017-03-28

Taiwan new invention makes life easier for kidney disease patients 【2017.03.22】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-03-22

Top ECMO Center in Asia Region; Providing Life Saving Treatment and High Quality Care【2017.03.10】

Source :
Published : 2017-03-10

According to reports from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), of the 648 cases of applying Extra-Corporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (ECPR) to adult patients in 2012, 311 of those cases were performed by the ECMO Team at NTUH. Compared to traditional CPR, ECMO is twice as effective. To this day, there are over 2,000 cases of ECPR use on adult patients. -Department of Cardiac Surgery ECMO Team, NTUH

Biological Reconstruction can Give You Back Your Active Life【2017.03.06】

Source : Taiwan Healthcare+
Published : 2017-03-06

In the treatment of highly malignant osteosarcoma in non-metasticizing patients, the Department of Orthropaedics and Traumatology has a 5-year survival rate of 90.4%, and a retention of 95% of appendages. -Therapeutical and Research Center of Musculoskeletal Tumor, Taipei VGH

Radiation-free Cardiac Catheter 3D Stereotactic System for treating Juvenile Arrhythmias【2017.02.24】

Source : Taiwan Healthcare+
Published : 2017-02-24

Using the radiation-free catheter 3D stereotactic system, complex congenital heart surgery team has helped 8 children to perform electrocautery, 4 children even completed without radiation exposure. -Complex Congenital Heart Surgery Team, NTUH

Saving a life from MI begins in the back of the ambulance【2017.02.21】

Source : Taiwan Healthcare+
Published : 2017-02-21

Real-time wireless electrocardiogram transmission technology shortens the time for the heart to be without oxygen and reduces the rate of death from 21% to less than 5%. At Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital Cardiovascular Medical Center, door-to-balloon time is on average a mere 53 minutes, which is far lower than the international standard of 90 minutes. - Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital Cardiovascular Medical Center

Taiwan, a World Leader in Electric Cardioversion【2017.02.18】

Source : Taiwan Healthcare+
Published : 2017-02-18

The Division of Cardiology of Taipei Veterans General Hospital was the first in the world to discover the abnormal firing of pulmonary cells. Today, the success rate of electrical cardioversion procedures has reached 90%. -Taipei Veterans General Hospital Division of Cardiology

NTUH-HOPE 2016 Taiwan and Mongolia Medical Exchange Program Completed Successfully【2016.12.06】

Source : National Taiwan University Hospital
Published : 2016-12-06

NTUH dispatched the professional teams to assist Mongolian hospitals to enhance the quality and efficiency in treating and diagnosing complicated cases provide instructions on medical procedures/operations, to co-host case conferences and to assist in the standardization of healthcare protocols and y procedures and completed successfully.

World Leader in Survival Rate for Living-Donor Liver Transplants【2016.10.19】

Source : Taiwan Healthcare+
Published : 2016-10-19

The Liver Transplant Center has developed minimal blood-loss living-donor hepatectomy, has completed more than 1,200 living-donor liver transplants, has reached a five-year survival rate of 98% for biliary atresia sufferers, and 90% for both cirrhosis from hepatitis B and liver cancer.

National Eye bank of Taiwan, Cooperate with SightLife, foreseeing leader in Asia【2016.11.16】

Source : Ministry of Health and Welfare
Published : 2016-11-16

The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MoHW), National Eye Bank of Taiwan, and SightLife signed a memorandum of cooperation. It is expected that five years of close cooperation will make the National Eye Bank of Taiwan a dedicated institution for training eye bank professionals in the Greater China Region and a leader in Asian eye bank organizations.
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  • Taiwan Medical Teams Traveled Halfway across The World to offer aid to Peruvian Tribes【2018.04.03】
  • Vietnamese Girls Celebrate at The CMUH after Receiving Treatment for Elephantiasis【2017.07.25】
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  • 95% Palau patients have chosen Taiwan as their top choice for medical transfer destination.