ICT for Accessibility and Support of Older People Workshop at NCKU
台日高齡社會 ICT 技術應用研討會,展開生活應用討論
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        Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) co-organized a workshop on ICT for older people, starting from April 10 to 15 at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan.

        NCKU President Huey-Jen Jenny Su extended her warm welcome to all the guests at the opening ceremony today and said that she welcomed and appreciated the efforts from Japan.

        In her remarks, President Su said, “NCKU is well-positioned in a way to tackle issues related to aging population, the healthy issue, and how they can utilize technology in the future which would be best facilitated by the university.”

        “We are one of the best leading comprehensive universities in the country and the only one starting from central and southern Taiwan our double e area, mechanical engineering and material sciences,” President Su added.

        She also noted, “35 years ago, we are the only national medical center that is established through the government’s effort, for the past 35 years it has now brought in a very unique component to this university’s research capacity, and niches and attributes of our research strength. Name one to dedicate to today’s workshop’s interests the ICT linkage with our medicine area.”

        Deputy Minister of MOST Dr. Yi-Bing Lin said in his opening remarks, “MOST in Taiwan and JSC in Japan have long-term collaboration agreement on important research topics and this year we focus on ICT for older people.

        “Aging people are the main concern for governments both in Japan and Taiwan,” Lin said.

        Mr. Kouji Kojima, the Director of Department of International Affairs in JST, said that JST is one of the core institutions responsible for the implementation of science and technology policy in Japan.

        He mentioned that JST also works to provide a sound infrastructure of science and technology information and raise awareness and understanding of science and technology-related issues in Japan.

        Dr. Min-Hui Hsu from Ministry of Health and Welfare gave a keynote talk on telehealth for elderly in Taiwan. He noted, “Taiwan will be a super-aged society by 2025.”

        In his talk, Hsu introduced Taiwan’s Teleheath Pilot Project (TTPP) which is aiming to tackle the problems of aging population in Taiwan.

        From Japan side, Prof. Michitaka Hirose from Graduate School of Information Science and Technology in the University of Tokyo, gave a keynote talk on role of advanced ICT for hyper aged society.

        Prof. Hirose talked about how recent ICT contributions to the hyper aged society problems. He said, telepresence technology for example can help aged people to go outside and participate in social activities such as working.

        Sophisticated job-matching system will discover senior’s work skills and connect them to actual jobs, he added.

        If current Japanese aged people over 65 years start working as well as younger generation, it is expected that GDP will increase, according to Prof. Hirose.

        「台日高齡社會ICT(資訊與通訊科技)技術應用研討會」為科技部(MOST)與日本國立研究開發法人科學技術振興機構(JST),為促進台日高齡化社會議題交流與合作而舉辦,委由成大前瞻醫療器材科技中心辦理,研討會的三大主軸為「ICT技術於生活品質之應用、「電子健康記錄系統與健康照護資訊科技」及「多模式創新醫療技術」。成大校長蘇慧貞、科技部次長謝達斌、科技部生命科學研究發展司司長莊偉哲、日本研究開發法人科學技術振興機構理事長Ms. Yoshiko Shirokizawa等人都專程出席會議開幕式。

        成大醫工系蘇芳慶教授、東京大學廣瀨通孝教授2人分別以「Digital Healthcard Innovation in Taiwan」、「Role of Advanced ICT for Hyper Aged Society」為題,在2018年開幕典禮上專題演講,談台灣與日本在數位科技對醫療照護的創新,以及用於高齡社會的可行性與應用。會中台日學者專家也就「ICT技術於生活品質之應用」、「電子健康記錄系統與健康照護資訊科技」及「多模式創新醫療技術」三大主軸廣泛交流與討論,期盼在科技介入下,減少醫療資源落差、提高醫療品質,現場並有台日年輕學者論文海報發表。

        全球人口老化,台灣在2018年邁入高齡社會,醫療與科技結合改善老年人生活品質與健康控制,是當前醫療照護重要課題。成大表示,台灣擁有國際一流的科技與製造技術,醫療人才輩出,醫療產業也有一定的基礎,極有利於發展醫療科技以及健康照護產業。日本是老年化人口比例最高的國家之一,很早就將資訊及通訊科技導入老年長照相關應用,台日雙邊研討會,台灣可以汲取第一手訊息並與日方人士經驗交流。研討會告一段落後,成大也安排與會人士到成大前瞻醫療器材科技中心智慧醫療實驗室、穿戴與行動照護科技實驗室參訪,介紹成大醫療科技發展。