Seminar: Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Innovation in Healthcare

Taiwan's display industry is valued at NTD1.4 trillion dollars, with shipments ranking second in the world. The industry also leverages the power of software-hardware integration to have developed value-added products with its world-leading technologies. As a result, the Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry (IBMI) and the Taiwan Display Union Association (TDUA) brought together industry leaders through the first ever seminar, to explore emerging opportunities of advance display technologies in medical innovation and industry development, discuss on acceleration and upgradation of Taiwan's high quality display products and how to crack open the high-priced medical display market.

Pan-Chyr Yang , Vice President of IBMI, urged that introducing medical display products/solutions to market should be made imperatives. Medical and display industries should work together to build demo sites for showcasing applications in precision health, support the government’s initiatives on regulatory sandbox and promote the use of own-brand/home-made medical panels in hospitals whilst benefitting the industry development.  

TDUA President Frank Ko and Vice President James Yang remarked that Taiwan takes up a significant share of the global medical display market regardless of manufacturing or R&D. They are keen to work with hospitals across Taiwan in terms of industrial upgrading, together they would be able to crack open market to pricey medical product pipelines. A display with MCU, hardware and software (AI and algorithms) combined, will become the best medium to deliver precision medicine and precision health.

Hospitals in Taiwan that attended the seminar welcomed the opportunity with TDUA. Ming-Shiang Wu, superintendent of National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH), replied that NTUH is pleased to take collaboration forward with field testing and guiding on medical information standards (e.g. HL7, FHIR, DICOM) suitable to be implemented. Chun-Te Wu, vice superintendent representing Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, noted the future trend of robot-assisted surgery and recommended the operating theater as a proving ground of importance for display technologies. He also pointed out the three major facets for collaboration in the surgical room, namely image integration technology, image presentation, and 3D imaging for Da Vinci Surgery system.

Wui-Chiang Lee, Director Medical Affairs and Planning at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, indicated that aseptic monitors in the isolation ward, stereoscopic displays and gesture-controlled panels in the operating theater have been great to use amid the coronavirus crisis. Lee also mentioned specifically that a demo site would be useful for developing a total solution instead of single product validation. A value-added brand can then be built via a partnership with hospital.

Clifford Chao, superintendent, Cancer Center at Chinese Medical University Hospital (CMHU), referred to CMUH's Shuinan Smart Healthcare Park which will be an ideal field-testing site for the display industry. The park has had spaces dedicated to 5G, AIoT, and AR/VR technologies and equipped with point-to-point millimeter wave communication devices to guarantee secure transmission of data. The park aims to export a turnkey solution for medical technology wherein the display industry plays a pivotal role.

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