Indeed, deploying the best technology can offer for the aging population of society is an ideal proposition. This is what the National Cheng Kung University (NKCU) Medical Center wants to achieve. This year, it is preparing to build its first geriatric hospital, which will introduce smart technology to create a “hospital without walls”. With the help of the private sector, it will use the latest information and communication technologies to care for the elderly. Topping the list are artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Of note, the National Cheng Kung University College of Medicine in Taiwan is the country’s leading research center for medical research that includes enteroviruses, dengue fever, oncoviruses, geriatric medicine, and neurology. Beyond that, however, the institution emphasizes medical professionalism and humanism in its medical training.
The proposed smart geriatric hospital is strongly customer-centric. Its goal is to co-develop patient-centered medical and health services. In terms of capacity, the hospital will have 440 beds, research and teaching facilities and collaborative research space with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Indeed, NCKU is bringing together the resources to push the boundaries when it comes to new smart geriatric healthcare for Taiwan and the world.
In this planned smart hospital, NCKU Medical Center is developing an AI smart companion. The development team whose immediate goal is to improve the quality of human life is made up of medical researchers from different disciplines. It will be led by Professor Jung-Hsien Chiang of the AI Biomedical Research Center in collaboration with a leading technology company.
Their team is focused on designing and developing an AI companion robot for family physician care teams, diabetes patients, and the elderly. The robot was first conceptualized for use with children but, by using deep learning, adding events and seasonal information to the inference procedure, the team was able to expand the scope of applications to create a more age-friendly environment. good.
Additionally, the NKCU College of Medicine is integrating 3D technology to develop better surgeons. Specifically, they are using mixed and virtual reality in an effort to set up the Surgical Skills Development Center. The center aims to bridge the gap between traditional teaching and clinical applications and curriculum. A gross anatomy room that combines teaching of basic and clinical medical sciences will be located adjacent to the center. By teaching students how to meticulously use delicate craniotomy exercises, they will simultaneously learn how to process cadavers using precision technology.
Additionally, NKCU goes beyond traditional health care. As Taiwan was officially named an elderly society in 2018, being able to take into account the physical condition of the elderly is crucial for prevention. Again, this is where emerging technology can play its part.
With the advent of emerging smart technologies, advanced diagnostic technologies and an aging society, smart healthcare will be the most important development direction for the world in the future. The NCKU medical device innovation center has developed a health-promoting fitness system for the elderly. He understands:
- integrated assessment of the physical condition of seniors
- a smart arm ergometer
- a smart stationary bike
- a keyless interface
- interactive game guidance
Using big data and AI, the system provides intelligent and personalized fitness prescription for seniors. This means that smart healthcare for seniors is no longer out of reach, enabling patients to transition into a happy life in old age.
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