On September 3, 2018, NCKU signed an MOU of Intelligent Medical Collaboration for the Elderly with Quanta Computer Inc., to utilize AI and IoT to co-develop patient-oriented medical treatment and care, and build a benchmark intelligent hospital for the elderly. NCKU Medical Center has an excellent medical work force, an exemplary domestic reputation in medical treatment, and abundant clinical experience. With the agreement signed by both sides, NCKU will provide an optimal place for medical clinical tests and offer assistance in medical research to help optimize Quanta Computer’s technology and products. With NCKU’s AI-assisted medical treatment, the disease-oriented treatment of the past will become a patient-oriented care system. The bilateral collaboration will bring mutual benefits and benefit a vast number of patients and their families.
One of the purposes of introducing AI into hospitals for the elderly is to help medical personnel improve medical care quality. Another focus is to build a barrier-free hospital. The top priority of the barrier-free hospital is to combine community pharmacists, community doctors, and public health nurses to construct a technology-driven community health care net that connects with post-discharge care to extend the hospital-based care system to the community. For example, patients with cardiac catheters, with complete intelligent medical treatment services, post-surgery patients will transmit biological data the entire day to the hospital via head-mounted wearables. Upon signal anomaly, the monitoring staff will immediately inform the patient and give advice. Additionally, with the community health care net, the community pharmacists will provide patients with the medicine, the community doctors will diagnose the patients, and the public health nurses will provide health education. The patients’ information including pharmaceutical records and medical records can be accessed from the cloud and transmitted to the information center of the hospital for the elderly to provide health management for the public and build a barrier-free hospital. AI will be utilized on hosptial wards. NCKU Hospital is currently working on intelligent wards. This will integrate independent pieces of information via technology and provide them to the patients, nurses and doctors. In an intelligent ward, patients will be able to understand the reasons for inspection, assess the risks of the treatment, know the time of the doctors’ ward check, ask doctors questions ahead of time, and even know post-surgery recovery status.
The enormous medical data generated from intelligent medical treatment services is the cornerstone of enhancing precision medical treatment. Through IA computing and analysis, NCKU provides the big data required to foster precision medical treatments including, preventive medicine, personalized medicine, participating medicine, and to establish patient-exclusive treatment strategies. NCKU Medical Center will utilize technology to map out holistic intelligent medical treatment services.
Founded in 1984, NCKU Hospital was one of Taiwan government's 14 major construction projects of the country. NCKU Hospital is a critical national medical center located in southern Taiwan with the purpose of balancing northern and southern medical treatment resources. NCKU is one of the few top comprehensive universities in Taiwan. From science and technology to Medicine, NCKU's intelligent hospital for the elderly integrates specialized talents training with the medical treatment industry and care system for the elderly. It is also a reference for the decision making of the government to foster policies for the elderly and intelligent long-distance medical treatment.