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Palau president thanks Taiwan for helping keep coronavirus at bay


By Ching-Tse Cheng, Taiwan News, Staff Writer 2020/03/05 15:53 Tommy Remengesau Jr. (left) expresses gratitude to Taiwan. (Palau Presidential Office photo) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr. said Wednesday (March 4) that the Taiwanese government has contributed greatly to epidemic prevention in the West Pacific nation, which so far has not had any cases of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). In an official statement, Remengesau pointed out that an American health worker in Palau who was admitted to a local hospital earlier this week after displaying flu symptoms has tested negative for the coronavirus. He said that the medical staff took the situation very seriously and called them heroes that are helping to keep Palau free from the spread of the virus. The Palauan leader said that the country has collaborated closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as several health agencies in the U.S. He also expressed gratitude to the Taiwanese government and its Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for assistance and support in the battle against the epidemic, reported CNA. Remengesau said that Taiwan's CDC has helped Palau maintain the highest possible response level and that the Palau government will continue to promote personal hygiene among its citizens. He emphasized that fear, rather than the virus itself, is the people’s biggest enemy, as can be observed from many past situations similar to the current outbreak, reported ETtoday.

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Taiwan helps Pacific ally Palau with coronavirus test


By Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer 2020/03/07 16:04 Taiwan helped Palau conduct a coronavirus test (CNA photo) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan recently analyzed the coronavirus tests on a volunteer from the United States working in Pacific ally Palau, proving Taiwan helps out other countries, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday (March 7). Taiwan has tried to join the World Health Organization (WHO). It attended the annual World Health Assembly, using the phrase “Taiwan Can Help” to promote its case in the face of Chinese opposition. When the U.S. volunteer showed symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) recently, the government of Palau decided to send the test data not to the U.S., which would have taken much more time, but to its ally Taiwan, CNA reported. First, on March 5, a doctor in Taiwan used videoconferencing to tell a local colleague in Palau how to conduct the virus test, after which a nurse boarded a flight to Taipei with the sample. In the end, the analysis proved the volunteer had not been infected with the coronavirus, the CECC said. The process showed that Taiwan was a valuable ally, with the president of Palau sending a message of gratitude, according to the CNA report.

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GMH signs MOU with Taiwan Adventist Hospital


By Pacific News Center -January 9, 2020 Guam Memorial Hospital signed a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan’s Adventist Hospital this afternoon. The MOU establishes a collaborative arrangement between GMH and the Taiwanese hospital which is one of the largest medical facilities in that country. Unlike GMH, Taiwan Adventist Hospital is Joint Commission-accredited. It is located in Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei. Under the terms of the agreement, Taiwan Adventist Hospital will accept GMH patients and seek payment from the patients directly, or their insurance provider. GMH will not be held liable for the services provided in Taiwan. GMH and TAH retain full control of their own “assets and affairs of their respective institutions” and neither hospital “assumes any liability for any debts or financial or legal obligations incurred by any other party.” The term of the agreement is one year from January 1, 2020 and it will “renew for an indefinite number of additional one-year terms” unless one or the other party provides a 30-notice to terminate. GMH Administrator Lillian Perez-Posadas signed on behalf of GMH. Dr. Hui-Ting Huang M.D. signed on behalf of TAH.

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Taiwan hospital performs life-changing surgery on boy from Myanmar


FOCUS TAIWAN, 12/23/2019 08:22 PM Courtesy of Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital Taipei, Dec. 23 (CNA) Fifteen-year-old Loke Swe from Myanmar, who was born with the fingers on both hands fused into a fist, underwent successful surgery at Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital in Taipei, allowing him to realize his dream of being able to write normally one day, the hospital said Monday. For most people, writing or picking up objects is second nature, but for Loke Swe with congenital syndactyly, even feeding himself or writing is extremely difficult. Owing to the poor health care system in Myanmar, no hospitals or medical institutions in the country were able to give Loke Swe the surgery he needed. In addition, amid clashes between ethnic rebels and the security forces in the Kokang region in 2017, Loke Swe and other displaced children from poor families were sent to a Buddhist nunnery in Yangon. Courtesy of Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital In April, Hou Sheng-mou (侯勝茂), superintendent of Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital who specializes in orthopedic surgery, led a medical mission to Yangon, where he met Swe and was moved by his determination to overcome his physical disability. After returning to Taiwan, Hou decided to assemble a cross- departmental medical team to pay for the treatment the teenager needed in Taiwan and allow him to fulfill his dream of writing and drawing like others. Lin Yu-hsien (林育賢), a plastic surgeon at the hospital who performed the surgery, said that the main difference between humans and most other mammals is that people can use two or three fingers to grasp and hold objects. Generally, a baby's fingers separate at about six weeks of pregnancy, Lin noted. The incidence of congenital syndactyly of five digits is about 1-in-2,000 to 1-in-3,000, Lin said, adding that Loke Swe's condition is very rare. Describing the surgery on Loke Swe as difficult, Lin said such a procedure is normally performed on children aged two or younger with better finger joint development than older children. Taking Loke Swe as an example, Lin said the teenager's thumb is about the same length as his fingers and the finger joints almost fused together, making the operation challenging. The medical team first separated Loke Swe's thumb from his palm, then detached his middle finger from his ring finger and eventually divided his fingers into three sections, enabling him to hold objects. Loke Swe told CNA that he was delighted to receive the surgery in Taiwan because he would no longer be laughed at due to his strange motions and difficulty writing and holding objects. Courtesy of Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital Hung Tzu-jen (洪子仁), vice superintendent of the hospital, said the surgery not only helped Loke Swe but will also raise the international visibility and image of Taiwan's medical and health care sector. Noting that Taiwan's health care system is often measured against the world's best, Hung said he hopes the successful surgery will encourage more people of means in Myanmar to seek medial treatment in Taiwan. (By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao) Enditem/AW

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CMUH is the winner of 2 IMTJ Awards-Taiwan’s medical prowess making an international presence in healthcare, service, and marketing


China Medical University Hospital (CMUH) entered the International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) Medical Travel Awards competition for the first time this year. At the award ceremony in Berlin, Germany, on December 3, 2019, CMUH was the winner of 2 IMTJ Awards in the categories of “Specialist international patient center” and “Best marketing initiative”, drawing international attention to Taiwan’s medical excellence. International Center received 2 IMTJ awards, including specialist international patient center and best marketing initiative CMUH was awarded 2 IMTJ International Medical Travel Awards this year in the categories of “Best marketing initiative” and “Specialist international patient center”. For the “Best marketing initiative” award, the judges commented that it was “Great thinking bringing up the human side of patients’ needs together with hospital generosity”. For the “Specialist international patient center” award, the judges expressed that “This project and the aims were clearly identified and there is evidence that the strategy adopted had results; congratulations!” The awards highlight Taiwan’s remarkable medical technologies, international medical services, and strength in international promotion and marketing, now recognized by the international community. “Patient-centered” and “outstanding holistic care” is one of the important values and missions of the hospital. Superintendent Der-Yang Cho stated that the International Center’s comprehensive medical services and expedited appointment times provided the highest quality of service and care for international patients. He thanked the International Center team for their hard work and dedication, letting the world see Taiwan’s excellence in medical care. Prior to the announcement of the award winners, Taiwan Global Healthcare Association Director Wen-Da Qiu congratulated CMUH and stated that this was the first time Taiwan was nominated by the world’s largest international medical association. Under the support of CMU and CMUH Chairman Chang-Hai Tsai and Superintendent Der-Yang Cho, CMUH is truly admirable in the field of international medical practice and is a paradigm for all of the groups and individual members of the Taiwan Global Healthcare Association. Taiwan Nongovernmental Hospital & Clinics Association Secretary General Ming-Yen Wu stated that the nomination of CMUH was a significant milestone as it would encourage more Taiwanese hospitals to participate in international awards. In the end, CMUH won 3 awards, becoming an inspiration for many. “A Perfect Pair” received over 10 million views online and sets a new example for a diverse and innovative model of international medical marketing When looking at the 2 awards for CMUH, the award for “Best Marketing Initiative” was largely due to the success of the 2018 short film “A Perfect Pair”, describing a patient case from Vietnam and receiving over 10 million views online. The case was initially a simple international medical philanthropy case sponsored by Hong Fu Industrial Group, a Taiwanese company in Vietnam. However, it soon became an international promotion for Taiwan’s medical brand, which drew the attention of the judges. This case incorporated the innovative and diverse capabilities of the International Center, as well as corporate charity, medical technological advancements at CMUH, and international physicians training at CMUH. Finally, with the support from the government, the case was produced into a short film and translated into seven different languages for promotion at the World Health Assembly. Taiwan’s Presidential Office, Taiwanese embassies, and the United States White House - Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, as well as other international government agencies, widely publicized the film, creating a new example in international medical marketing. International Center Superintendent Hung-Chi Chen, recognized in Taiwan and abroad as unrivalled in the area of integrated reconstructive microsurgery, successfully received an award in the category of “Specialist international patient center”. International Center demonstrated the power of teamwork and draws international publicity to the medical accomplishments of Taiwan International Center CEO Ai-Chi Chou indicated that winning these awards was a result of the many achievements made by CMUH’s international medicine in recent years. CMUH took Director Wen-Da Qiu’s advice when he encouraged hospitals to participate in international awards during the Taiwan Nongovernmental Hospital & Clinics Association director/supervisor meeting. He stated that, after many strategy meetings and reviews of Taiwan’s past achievements, now was the time to have the world recognize Taiwan’s medical potential and competitiveness. Among the 19 competition categories, CMUH entered 3 categories and was fortunate enough to win in 2 of them. CMUH appreciates the hospital management for supporting the entry into the competition. The team is not afraid of international competition and will continue to strive to provide the highest caliber of international medical care. To have the opportunity to provide this type of care to patients around the world is already the greatest award. IMTJ was established in 2007 and organizes the IMTJ Medical Travel Awards each year. The awards are judged by a team of 20 judges worldwide, who choose medical institutions with first-class and innovative medical services as finalists to attend the award ceremony. This year, CMUH stood out from the intense competition and received 2 awards, winning glory for Taiwan on the international stage. o:p>/o:p> CMUH was the winner of 2 IMTJ Awards in the categories of “Specialist international patient center” and “Best marketing initiative”, drawing international attention to Taiwan’s medical excellence. From left to right: Keith Pollard, IMTJ Editor in Chief; Aichi Chou, CMUH International Center CEO; Sarah Ward, IMTJ Medical Travel Awards Event Director; and Duncan Cheng, CMUH International Center Consulting Physician. Aichi Chou, CMUH International Center CEO, accepting the award for “Best marketing initiative” from Keith Pollard, IMTJ Editor in Chief, one of two IMTJ Medical Travel Awards received by CMUH. o:p>/o:p>

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Tri-Service General Hospital (TSGH) Unveiled And Launched The “Trace Elements Research Center”, The First of Its Kind in Asia Pacific Region.


Published day:2019/10/28 Source:Tri-Service General Hospital With the latest technology development and quantum leap in medical examination techniques, trace elements and their important roles and functions in influencing diseases and physiological mechanisms within human body have gradually attracted interest and attention by medical professionals globally. Aimed at comprehensively upgrading healthcare service of the Taiwan’s one and only military medical center, Tri-Service General Hospital (TSGH) in November of 2017 singed memorandum of understanding (MOU) on medical research cooperation with Federation of European Societies for the Study of Microelements and Minerals (FESTEM), represented and signed by Professor Anatoly Viktorovich SKALNY, Deputy Chairman of FESTEM. In June, 2019, Professor Chien-Sung, TSAI, Superintendent of Tri-Service General Hospital has led a TSGH medical delegation to visit medical research institutions in Moscow, Russia and conducted mutually beneficial academic and research exchanges during TSGH delegation’s visit in Russia. TSGH medical delegation’s Russian visit this June has paved the way for cooperation and exchange in the field of trace elements research and clinical applications between academic and research institutions of Russia and Taiwan. TSGH medical delegation’s engagement with its Russian counterparts has also laid the foundation and set up the blueprint for the development and founding of TSGH’s Trace Element Research Center, the first of its kind throughout the entire Asia Pacific Region. Tri-Service General Hospital in the afternoon of Oct. 25th, 2019 has held the unveiling and opening ceremony of “TSGH Trace Elements Research Center”. The unveiling ceremony was presided over by major general Hong, CHANG, Deputy Surgeon General of Defense & Deputy Director General of Medical Affairs Bureau, Ministry of National Defense. International guests of honors invited by TSGH to observe and witness the grand opening ceremony include Professor Anatoly Viktorovich SKALNY, Deputy Chairman of Federation of European Societies for the Study of Microelements and Minerals (FESTEM); Professor Yury Anatolyevich, RAKHMANIN, Chief Scientific Adviser of Federal State-Funded Institution “Sysin Research Institute of Ecology of The Person And Hygiene of The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS); Dr. Dirk SCHAUMLÖFFEL, Chairman of Institute of Interdisciplinary Research on Environment and Materials (IPREM), Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour (UPPA); Professor Anatoly KIRICHUK of Peoples' Friendship University of Russia; Professor Alexander V MELERZANOV of PhysTech School of Biological and Medical Physics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology; Professor WU, President of Taiwan-Russia Association for Scientific, Technological and Cultural Exchange and Industry-Academia collaboration; Professor YANG, Director, Division of Clinical Toxicology and Occupational Medicine, Department of Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital; Professor FU, Department of Physics, National Taiwan University; and Professor KONG, Chairman of Department of Food Science, National Taiwan Ocean University. The grand opening ceremony of TSGH’s Trace Elements Research Center was conducted smoothly and well received by all ceremony attendees. “Trace Elements Research” of Tri-Service General Hospital is Taiwan’s first and only international joint research lab dedicated to research and clinical applications of trace elements. TSGH’s “Trace Elements Research Lab” is also the first incubation lab established by medical centers of Taiwan to offer trace elements testing services, in seamless integration and partnership with leading international trace elements research institutions. After TSGH “Trace Elements Research Center” is online and operational, medical staffs of the hospital can offer up to 40 different kinds of human trace elements testing services to local and international patients seeking healthcare in TSGH, based on clinical needs and indications. TSGH “Trace Elements Research Center” is also Taiwan’s first cross-border platform dedicated to research and clinical applications of trace elements, a research and incubation project jointly sponsored by Tri-Service General Hospital, Dr. Skalny’s Laboratory of Russia, and Federation of European Societies on Trace Elements and Materials (FESTEM) in Europe. Vis mutually beneficial cooperation and exchange of the latest trace elements testing technologies, TSGH aims to strengthen and deepen its capacity in trace elements research and clinical applications, to the benefit of enhancing medical care quality of TSGH and safeguarding patients’ health and well-being. Within TSGH “Trace Elements Research Center”, two research sections, “Clinical Applications Section” and “Environment Hygiene Section” respectively, were set up to kick-start trace elements research projects and offer testing services for the patients. Medical specimens derived from human blood, saliva, semen, hair, and nail can all be processed and tested in the newly established research lab, which is capable of testing up to 40 different kinds of trace elements within human body, including aluminum, arsenic, zinc, iron, manganese, uranium, and many more. Testing techniques employed by TSGH Trace Elements Research Center are not only far more precise and sensitive when compared with conventional testing methodologies; they can be processed and completed with only one hospital visit. By assemble a cross-discipline medical team made up of medical professionals from Clinical Pathology Division, Orthopedic Department, Pediatric Department, Geriatric Medicine Division, and Occupational Medicine Division, TSGH is dedicated to construct a comprehensive healthcare mechanism, which will undoubtedly enhance the hospital’s capacity in disease prevention and early diagnoses and medical interventions. In collaborating with faculty members of School of Public Health and Graduate Institute of Public Health of National Defense Medical Center (NMDC), TSGH “Trace Elements Research Center” will also actively explore future opportunities of advanced R&D projects and more clinical applications. The partnership and collaboration between TSGH and faculty members of NDMC will dedicate more research staffs and resources to further understand the complex yet interesting relationships among trace elements, clinical diseases, food, and environment factors. Findings derived from cross-border trace elements research and clinical testing services will enable TSGH medical team to continue enhancing healthcare quality of precision or personalized medicine, and ultimately help usher in a new era of “Trace Elements and Human Health” in Taiwan.

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Guam patients receive life-changing care at Taiwan hospital


SUCCESS STORIES: Patients of the China Medical University Hospital in Taiwan watch video clips of their stories that were shared during the press conference at the Hyatt Regency Guam on Tuesday. From left to right, Joseph Lujan, Tony Palomo, and Theodore Nelson. Haruo Simion/The Guam Daily Post Ted Nelson was in his 40s and teaching at the University of Guam when he injured his back demonstrating a basketball move to kids in a youth development program. “It just went out,” he said. Nearly a decade of pain lay ahead for Nelson and the injury further hurt his hips and knees, he said. “I started deteriorating. I was really hurting,” said Nelson, now nearly 60. The physical pain and immobility took a hard toll on him, he said. Before the accident, he was very active, “I loved the outdoors, hiking, free diving, fishing, and hunting.” After multiple back surgeries, two in the Philippines and one in Hawaii, Nelson was still struggling and unable to walk. This summer he traveled to Taiwan and had two hip replacements and a nine-hour surgery on his back at the China Medical University in Taichung. Nelson spoke at a press conference on Tuesday held by the hospital at the Hyatt Regency Guam in Tumon. He said he is now, “100% better,” and hopes to be walking when he returns in February for a checkup. “I look at this as a new lease on life,” he said. Surgery helped man lose 235 pounds Thirty-four-year-old Joseph Lujan, a counselor with the Guam Department of Education, is half the man he was two years ago when he traveled to the China Medical University Hospital for a gastric bypass surgery, which significantly limits the size and capacity of the stomach. At 570 pounds, Lujan had to buy tickets for two plane seats for the trip to Taiwan. On Tuesday, he shared that he now weighs 235 pounds and is much more active and healthy. “So I have more energy to be up in front of my students,” he said. He said he will soon return to Taiwan for a checkup at the hospital. “Now I only have to purchase one ticket, which is awesome,” he said. Dr. Hsien-Te Chen, the director of the Spine Center at China Medical University Hospital, discussed the specialized care at the center and explained other successful surgeries he has performed there. Dr. Chih-Kun Huang spoke about the success of the BMI Center where Lujan received his surgery. The hospital accepts several health insurance providers, including Aetna, Cigna, NetCare, Staywell and TakeCare. (Written by Lannie Walker and provided by The Guam Daily Post on 2019/10/16)

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Taiwan ranks 12th in WEF Global Competitiveness Report


Publication Date: October 09, 2019 Source:TAIWAN TODAY Taiwan ranks 12th in the latest Global Competitiveness Report released Oct. 9 by Geneva-based World Economic Forum. (Staff photo/Chin Hung-hao) Taiwan ranks 12th among 141 economies in the latest Global Competitiveness Report released Oct. 9 by Geneva-based World Economic Forum. Scoring 80.2 out of 100, Taiwan finished ahead of neighbors South Korea, 79.6; Malaysia, 74.6; and China, 73.9, but behind Singapore, 84.8; Hong Kong, 83.1; and Japan, 82.3. Singapore topped the survey ahead of the U.S. in second and Hong Kong in third. Among the 12 categories used to assess competitiveness, Taiwan earned full marks in macroeconomic stability and outperformed in financial system with 88. It was also lauded as a “super innovator” by WEF and one of only four economies, alongside Germany, the U.S. and Switzerland, to receive more than 80 in innovation capability. Minister Chen Mei-ling of the Cabinet-level National Development Council welcomed the result and said it demonstrates international recognition of Taiwan’s reputation as a smart country and can-do problem solver. Recent investment in the country’s startups from firms based in Japan, Singapore and the U.S. further illustrates this healthy state of affairs, she added. According to Chen, the government will prioritize fostering an even more vibrant startup environment, as well as deepening the talent pool and strengthening the education sector. These steps are expected to ensure the country’s long-term competitiveness and keep it firmly on the development fast track, she said. Launched in 1979, the report provides an annual assessment of the drivers of productivity and economic growth. The 2019 edition evaluates countries and territories across 103 indicators in a dozen categories. (YCH-E)

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Taiwan Is Named the Best Destination for Expats In 2019


SOURCE:2019/09/06, The News Lens, Lifestyle Affordable and universal healthcare. Low cost of living. Friendly neighbors. Delicious food. Do these qualities remind you of a place? Taiwan! Earlier this year, Taiwan was ranked the happiest country in East Asia. It is now also the best destination for expat, according to the 2019 Expat Insider survey. In its sixth year, Expat Insider is a survey conducted by InterNations, the world’s largest expat community with 3.6 million members. With over 20,000 respondents, this year's survey has gathered extensive insights into people living and working abroad in 64 destinations. Taiwan is named the best country for expats thanks to a high quality of life, good personal finances, and great working life, according to the survey. It is rated best in the world for the affordability of healthcare, with 89 percent of respondents satisfied with this factor (versus 55 percent globally). In addition to the logistical aspects of life, 88 percent of expats find that Taiwanese locals are generally friendly. A Canadian expat told InterNations, "I love that Taiwan is safe like Japan but with a wild freedom like Vietnam." The only obstacle for expats settling in Taiwan is the language barrier: more than half of the expats struggle with learning and communicating in Mandarin. Taiwan is followed by Vietnam and Portugal, with respondents praising Vietnam's low cost of living and friendliness and Portugal for its "relaxed lifestyle." Data Source: InterNations 2019 Expat Insider Survey

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Show Chwan Memorial Hospital provides Exablate Neuro for patients in the Philippines


Source : Taiwan Healthcare+ Published : 2019-08-05 Bannai Philippines has an incidence rate of over 5 in 100,000 for Lubag Syndrome, a genetic disorder that severely affects muscle control and reduces average lifespan to 56 years. Lubag Syndrome , also known as X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism (XDP). X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism is a movement disorder that has been found only in people of Filipino descent. However, trials of Exablate Neuro at Show Chuan Memorial Hospital have shown significant efficacy. In January 2019, a neurological team from Show Chwan visited Bannai for assessment and treatment follow up. In April and July, Exablate Neuro was used to successfully treat three patients, improving gait stability and reducing symptoms of X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism.

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