In this interview with MEDICA-tradefair.com, Dr. Chii Wann Lin talks about the impact of AI on Taiwan healthcare. He will give two presentations on this topic.
Dr. Lin, how does AI currently influence the healthcare sector?
Dr. Chii Wann Lin: Implanting AI into healthcare systems, such as IoT, 5G, Algorithm and machine learning, has created positive and significant changes in medical fields. AI improves the efficiency and accuracy of diagnosis, reduces the load of medical personnel, and is cost effective at the same time. The influence of AI can also be seen on personalizing the healthcare plan. Through the analysis of PHR (Personal Health Record) and recognizing the risk factors for health, AI can assist doctors to predict potential diseases and prevent the emergent danger from patients.
Since the collaboration between BioTech and AI has opened the age of smart medical care, Taiwan's ICT industries, such as Foxconn (Honhai), ASUS, Quanta, Acer and Wistron, are working with medical-related organizations too. Their cooperation has been accelerating the improvement of Taiwan’s smart healthcare. For example, ASUS has been investing into medical care for years, they established their own AI R&D center called AICS, and innovated "Miraico" which is implementing ICD-10 codes and NLP (Natural Language Processing) to categorize and structure EMR (Electronic Medical Record). The solution now is used in 15 medical centers and hospitals in Taiwan to improve the efficiency on the EMR management. The collaboration of medical fields and technology industries is influencing the entire medical environment thoroughly, and Taiwan’s government also takes these cross-disciplinary integrations as the major approach to the plans of future smart healthcare.
Where is this development heading, in which areas will AI contribute even more to healthcare in the future than it does already today?
Lin: AI has contributed throughout the entire healthcare ecosystem, the applications could generally be categorized in four phases of medical care: Prediction, Detection, Diagnosis and treatment advice. A successful use of AI and smart MedTech consist of the efforts from medical sector, information technology industry (Algorithm of big data, IoT, machine learning, etc.) and supervising organizations. They worked together, have extended the possibility of MedTech innovation and also created more opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation.
Through the development of smart medical care in recent years, it is not hard to predict the future transformation of healthcare will move forward to precision and prevention medicine, to use telemedicine to transform hospital to "homspital". More cross-disciplinary collaborations will be required, then ideally to form an ecosystem. Taiwan is working on this vision as well. The advantage we have is integrating the big healthcare data from our medical system via the ICT industries, and also we have been actively working on international cooperations and striving to make contributions to the world’s smart healthcare development.