From computer technology to design innovation, the 2019 Taiwan Healthcare Seminar Expo has opened new doors of opportunities for different industries in Davao City. Held last November 8 to 9, 2019, at the SMX Convention Center in SM Lanang Premier Davao, the expo featured well-curated product exhibits from various Taiwan brands and companies, as well as highly informative seminars conducted by product experts and innovators from Taiwan.
The most anticipated Taiwan Healthcare Seminar, with a theme “Smart Medical Innovation
Brightens Your Life,” brought together top biotech innovators from the best and most
advanced hospitals in Taiwan. Coming from reputable institutions Chang Chung Memorial
Hospital, Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital, Lite-Med Inc., Biomaterials & Surface Engineering
Industry-Academia Consortium, Taipei Tech University, Bionime Corporation, and Chung
Hua Institute for Economic Research, the speakers shared their latest innovations to
healthcare practitioners and professionals from all over Davao and Mindanao.
Dr. Chun-Te Wu, MD, PhD, of the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital discussed their many
achievements in the fields of Liver Transplantation, Proton Therapy, Comprehensive
Cancer Patient Care and Management, Cord Blood Transplantation, Craniofacial
Reconstruction, and Orthognathic Surgery. Through its premiere medical facilities and
equipment, including a dedicated Proton Therapy Center and Hybrid Operating Rooms
equipped with Multi-Axis System for Interventional Radiology and Da Vinci Surgical
Systems, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital has successfully served over 27,000 international
patients in 2018 alone.
Dr. Ming-Nan Lin, MD, PhD, of the Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital shared their institution’s humble
roots from being a charity medical foundation to being the first hospital in Taiwan to be
certified with the Symbol of National Quality (SNQ). Its Integrated Rheumatic Disease Care
headlined by the Knee Health Promotion Option, a comprehensive treatment plan for knee
osteoarthritis, has earned the hospital the recognition alongside its other top-quality
services such as Arthroscopic Cartilage Regeneration Facilitating Procedure and surgical
treatments for spinal diseases.
Meanwhile, Lite-Med Inc. (Lighten Taiwan Excellent Medical), a professional medical device
developer and manufacturer established in 1991, is leading the Shock Wave Technology
industry in Taiwan. Lite-Med’s machines such as the ESWT(Extracorporeal Shock Wave
Therapy) series is used for a variety of treatments, including blasting kidney and ureter
stones and rehabilitating bone fractures, and even includes a real-time ultrasound tracking
and locking system that makes diagnosis and treatment much easier.
Also sharing their latest innovation at the Taiwan Healthcare Seminar is Bionime
Corporation, which developed Telehealth, a system that helps patients and doctors manage
diabetes. Using an ergonomic strip to check blood samples, it provides accurate readings
that are stored via cloud for easier access whether the patient is being treated at home or in a hospital.
Finally, Chia Ling Li from the Chung-Hua Institute for Economic Research (CIER) ran down
the details of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy (NSP). In essence, the mandate opens the
country’s doors for patients and doctors from neighboring countries in the Southeast Asia
region to gain access to Taiwan’s medical technology advancements. By implementing the
1C1C or One Center for One Country initiative, each country from the Southeast Asia
Region will have one dedicated coordinating center to facilitate any needs: from sending
patients over to Taiwan for treatments or to conduct business-to-business deals.
For the Philippines, the assigned coordinating center is the Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital, which is known for its expertise in organ transplantation, advanced cell therapy, and the
implementation of Universal Healthcare policies. The National Kidney Transplant Institute,
Chinese General Hospital Colleges, and The Medical City have already signed a
memorandum of understanding with Hualien Tzu Chi and more hospitals in the Philippines
are expected to follow suit.
Dr. Annabelle P. Yumang of the Davao Center for Health Development, Ms. April Marie
Dayap of the Davao City Investment and Promotions Center, and Atty. Francis Layog, chief-
of-staff of Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, in their respective speeches
prior to the seminar, expressed their gratitude to TAITRA for introducing Taiwan’s
innovations to the medical community of Davao City. They also look forward to seal
partnerships between healthcare institutions in Davao and Taiwan to make modern
healthcare technology more accessible to Mindanaoan patients.
To learn more about the latest medical technologies from Taiwan and how they can help
benefit medical patients in Davao and the rest of the Philippines, contact the Taiwan Trade
Center Manila hotline at (02) 551-7281/551-7349/551-7339 or visit the TAITRA Manila
website at https://manila.taiwantrade.com/.
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Founded in 1970, TAITRA is Taiwan's foremost nonprofit trade promoting organization.
Sponsored by the government and industry organizations, TAITRA assists enterprises to
expand their global reach. Headquartered in Taipei, TAITRA has a team of 1,300 specialists
and operates 5 local offices in Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung as well
as 63 branches worldwide. Together with Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) and Taiwan
Trade Center (TTC), TAITRA has formed a global network dedicated to promoting world trade.