Malaysia, Taiwan join hands on latest medical technology showcase

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic source: focustaiwan.com.my

MALAYSIA and Taiwan joined hands in an online showcase yesterday to share and learn about the latest Taiwanese medical treatment and smart living technologies.

“Taiwan and Malaysia, Joining Hands in Bringing Greater Health to Life” saw six of Taiwan’s most reputed hospitals sharing some of the latest disease treatment technologies.

With the theme of “Smart Medical”, it was organised by Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade, Taiwan External Trade Development Council and Kuala Lumpur Taiwan Trade Centre.

Apart from sharing medical information, the showcase was aimed at building working relationships with Malaysian medical professionals to create a healthier and better life for the people.

Taiwanese medical technologies are recognised by the global healthcare community for its continuous efforts in researching and developing high-efficiency medical equipment.

During the showcase, National Taiwan University Hospital Hsin-Chu branch vice superintendent Dr Ching-Ting Tan introduced their dynamic image telemedicine service.

She said it not only can perform photo analysis, but also have the capability to perform real-time sonography, dermatologic and ophthalmologic examinations.

“This makes remote consultations more feasible and efficient.

“These advanced telemedicine services will provide patients with better services before their medical treatment abroad, from pre-operative evaluations to post-operative follow-up examinations,” she said.

Chang Gung Memorial Hospital showcased the unique properties of protons which enable treatment without exposing the normal tissues behind tumours to radiation.

According to the hospital, proton therapy can accurately treat cancer lesions in a 360° angle while minimising the side effects of radiotherapy on normal healthy tissues.

The combination of proton therapy with surgery and/or chemotherapy provides a high success rate in combating tumours, making it a new alternative for cancer treatment.

Meanwhile, Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital introduced their latest heart surgery technique known as the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement.

This shortens the operation time while reducing bleeding issues.

The hospital had also recently introduced a hybrid surgery platform, which greatly shortens the time of any surgery.

Meanwhile, National Cheng Kung University Hospital director Dr Li-Chien Chien said the hospital has conducted international collaboration programmes with Kenya, India, Vietnam, Indonesia and other South-East Asia countries since 2008 by co-hosting international conferences, joint-research and personnel exchange programmes.

The Health Examination Centre of Shin Kong Wu Ho Su Memorial Hospital showcased their professional medical team diagnosis, separate disease examination environment and various state-of-the-art medical equipment, such as GE Revolution CT low-dose extreme panoramic gem computer tomography, Philips Ingenia3T magnetic resonance imaging and more.

They provide a one-stop examination service for the screening of three major diseases, providing complete follow-up and health management to patients.

Additionally, Landseed International Hospital chief of colorectal surgery division Dr Huang Jen Lai talked about the hospital’s latest trend of cancer surgical treatment, the Organ Preservation Therapy.

It is most commonly used for treating rectal cancer and/or anal cancer and the therapy provides patients with customised treatment, which has a significant effect on improving the quality patients’ life after surgery.

The therapy can also be applied in other cancers, such as nasal cavity tumour, tongue cancer, laryngeal cancer and more.