ECCT Healthcare Forum on vaccines, low birth rate, AI
The 2021 ECCT EU-Taiwan Healthcare Forum brought together experts from Europe and Taiwan to discuss solutions for today's most urgent healthcare challenges. Under the theme "Sustainable Healthcare through Public Private Partnership", medical experts from the public and private sectors shared ideas for sustainable and cost-effective healthcare, using AI and other technologies to reduce the disease burden and improve health outcomes, the future vaccination ecosystem, and how to tackle Taiwan's ageing population and low birth rate.
The event began with opening remarks by guests of honour Vice President Lai Ching-te, Guillermo Martinez, Deputy Head of the European Economic and Trade Office, and ECCT Chairman H Henry Chang. This was followed by presentations in four sessions and a lunch that featured a keynote speech by Dr Chen Shih-Chung, Minister of Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) and a panel discussion between speakers from the morning session that was moderated by Dr Chen Chien-jen, former Vice President who is currently a Distinguished Professor at Academic Sinica. The event was concluded with remarks by Dr Yu Chien-hwa, Deputy Minister of the NDC.
In the first session, Dr Stefano Stuard, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Fresenius Medical Care EMEA, gave a presentation on the topic "Sustainable ideas for cost-effective health - To improve the Chronic Disease Burden by using AI and Prediction Model" while Dr Hsu Chih-Cheng, Investigator and Deputy Director of the Institute of Population Health Sciences, National Health Research Institutes gave a presentation on the subject "How to tackle the chronic disease burden by AI / Disease Prediction Model and Taiwan Practice".
In the second session, Dr David Salisbury, Chair of the WHO Global Commission for Certification of Polio Eradication and Associate Fellow of the Global Health Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London, gave a presentation on the topic of an ageing population and adult vaccination policy post Covid-19 while Dr Lee Ping-Ing, Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at National Taiwan University Children's Hospital, Taiwan gave a presentation on the topic "Mobilizing Diverse & Sustainable Financing to Achieve Immunization Across the course of life".
In the third session, Lo Yu-Mei Senior Specialist for the National Development Council spoke about low fertility and population ageing in Taiwan while Alan Lovell, Senior Associate, Health Policy and Clinical Evidence for The Economist Intelligence Unit and Dr Chen Ming-Jer, Chairman of the Taiwanese Society for Reproductive Medicine, spoke about how to make Taiwan a better place to have a family.
In the fourth and final session, Dr CH Herbert Wu, President of the Development Center of Biotechnology, under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) gave a presentation on the topic "The competitiveness of multi-sectors integration driving precision health development in Taiwan" while Szymon Bielecki, Programme officer in the European Commission's Directorate General for Communications, Networks, Content and Technology spoke about the ‘European 1+ Million Genomes' Initiative.
第四議題則著眼醫療與科技的交會，經濟部生物技術開發中心執行長吳忠勳，介紹台灣跨產業整合發展精準醫療的競爭力，而歐盟執委會資通訊網絡暨技術總署 (DG Connect)計畫主管Szymon Bielecki，則說明「歐洲1+百萬基因體」計畫。