TAITRA Highlights Growing Need for High-Quality Medical Care in the Philippines

Ciara Alarcon
Taiwan Trade Center Manila (TAITRA) recently strengthen the partnership between Taiwan and Philippines in the medical sector, as it held the 2019 Taiwan Medical Technology seminar, which was held at the Centennial Hall of The Manila Hotel on September 10, 2019.

TAITRA Highlights Growing Need for High-Quality Medical Care in the Philippines
TAITRA Highlights Growing Need for High-Quality Medical Care in the Philippines

In keeping with this collaboration, TAITRA has come up with a seminar with the theme “Bringing You a Total Solution in the Healthcare.” This highlights the rising need for high-quality human-centric medical care in developing societies like the Philippines.

On the other hand, Taiwan eyes to share its knowledge and experience with the rest of Southeast Asia. With this, TAITRA brought together top biotech innovators from the best and most advanced hospitals in Taiwan to talk about their latest innovations.

Among the speakers were from the:

  • Taipei Mackay Memorial Hospital, which showcased its state-of-the-art Treatment for Complex Congenital Heart Diseases. Its specialized Children’s Hospital is equipped with 200 beds, 300 doctors, and technologies such as the Computer Topography 3D Echo that can provide immediate 24/7 assessment and care for patients. It is also a pioneer in the holistic “from womb to home” approach that covers prenatal consultations and examinations to pre-operative, operative, and post-operative stages of treatment;
  • Kaohsiung Municipal Siaogang Hospital, located in Southern Taiwan, also presented its various specialties, particularly its specialized HIFU Procedure, Nursing Training, and Cancer Screening. The hospital is easily accessible via direct flights from Manila or Cebu to Kaohsiung, and only a 10-minute drive away from the airport, making it a convenient destination for Filipino patients;
  • ACT Genomics Co. Ltd. also showcased its innovative use of Precision Medicine based on genetic technology to create tailored healthcare treatment for maximum efficacy. Through its Comprehensive Genomic Profiling procedure, cancer patients are given more options for treatments as chemotherapy is not always the most effective and cost-efficient solution. This helps patients save time and money, and reduce the burden of a painful experience in the long-run; 
  • Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital featured its International Medical Services and Specialist Training Programs that focus on comprehensive surgical treatments like plastic surgery and breast surgery for cancer patients, plastic surgery and blepharoptosis, robotic surgery and laparoscopic radiation prostatectomy for prostate cancer patients, laser acupuncture, and a non-invasive myoma ablation procedure that is much quicker and less painful;

2019 Taiwan Medical Technology Seminar
2019 Taiwan Medical Technology Seminar

  • E-Da Hospital also gave new insights on Reconstructive Microsurgery, where patients of various needs including trauma, tumors, congenital diseases, burns, and cancer can have access to the latest treatments that specialize in repairing form and restoring function of affected body parts;
  • Taipei Municipal Wanfang Hospital introduced its Multi-bipolar RF (radiation frequency) Ablation for Hepatic Tumors, which uses a minimal invasive, no-touch technique that only uses targeted electrode needles in lieu of surgery;
  • Taoyuan General Hospital also unveiled the Taiwan Health Care Information System (TaiwanHIS), which enhances patient safety, healthcare quality, and effective cost management through a digitally interconnected system that includes the government, academe, hospitals, and partner institutions, patients and doctors;
  • Taipei Computer Association presented its International Smart Healthcare Forum, which is part of the Smart City Summit & Expo that highlights the latest medical technologies of Taiwan.

Meanwhile, nearly a hundred medical practitioners and professionals from around the Philippines joined the seminar.

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