The Covid-19 pandemic that has been raging since last year is rapidly pushing medical services worldwide into a new era. Taiwan has many excellent smart healthcare solutions and disease prevention and control products that have played a powerful role during the pandemic, enabling medical personnel and patients to minimize contact and reduce the risk of disease transmission during medical procedures and consultations.
In order to further promote such products in the partner countries of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy (NSP), and to put Taiwanese vendors of smart healthcare products and disease control technologies in touch with business opportunities in NSP partner countries, on September 2–3, 2021, Changhua Christian Hospital (CCH), the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and the Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC) jointly hosted an Online Business Matching event, comprising two seminars on the themes of “Innovative Smart Solutions for Healthcare,” and “Healthcare New Normal in Covid-19.”
During the two-day event, nearly 500 healthcare professionals from countries including Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea took part in the online seminars via videoconferencing and YouTube.
In both seminars, after the speakers completed their presentations there was a lively response from the online audience, with participants from countries such as Thailand and Myanmar giving feedback on various products and the overall content, and even directly inquiring how the products presented could resolve the challenges that they were currently facing, and exploring the possibility of future collaboration.
Some vendors stated that following the online seminars, they immediately received messages requesting product details and inquiring about potential distributorships, making the event highly worthwhile.
Dr. Nina Kao Hsiao-ling, CEO of the Overseas Medical Missions Center at CCH, stated that based on the information shared by the eight vendors who took part in the two seminars, one can say that against a backdrop of powerful trends toward digitization and big data, the hallmarks of Taiwan’s smart medical solutions and disease control products are that they are innovative, practical and flexible.
In addition to their usefulness in fighting Covid-19, they can continue to be used in medical facilities in the post-pandemic era. They are not only suitable for the medical field within Taiwan, but with appropriate modifications to suit local needs they can also meet the requirements of overseas medical facilities, enabling more people to receive high-quality, efficient medical services.
Dr. Kao further stated that CCH will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MIRDC and other partners, harnessing the power of government and the private sector to enable Taiwan’s smart healthcare solutions and disease control products to receive greater attention and gain access to more business opportunities in Thailand and other NSP partner countries.