On behalf of Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, I am glad to welcome the experts specialized in NCDs prevention and health information technologies, representatives of APEC economies and all of you to participate in the “APEC Conference on Smart Healthcare for Non-communicable Diseases and Their Risk Factors Prevention and Control” for sharing the valuable experiences of policy implementation. We believe we will deepen our partnership and build the networking for strengthening the cooperation and interaction among economies in Asia-Pacific region by holding this conference.
In order to address the transformation of disease types recently, the increasing incidence of non-communicable diseases has become a significant threat for global health security. According to the “Global Status Report on non-communicable diseases 2014” issued by WHO, NCDs kill 41 million people each year, equivalent to 71% of all deaths globally, which cause heavy burdens of diseases, especially in low- and middle- income countries. There are almost three quarters of all NCD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. During 2011 to 2025, cumulative economic losses due to NCDs in low- and middle-income countries have been estimates at US$ 7 trillion. Besides, according to the statistics of WHO in 2015, the number of diabetes is rising gradually; and the Asia Pacific region alone accounted for 36.9% of the total number of diabetics in the world.
It is a crucial element for the success of chronic diseases care to introduce the intervention of quality disease care model. Take the diabetes prevention as an example, our standardized mortality of diabetes has decreased 36.7% from 2002 to 2017 after we started to decrease the risk factors of diabetes by encouraging healthy diet and physical activities, conducting disease screening for early detection, diagnosis and treatment, establishing 269 diabetes health promotion institutions to implement the indicators of accountability for diabetes care and quality care, as well as combining the NHI pay for performance system for improving the quality of diabetes care effectively.
As the global industries of information communication technologies is developing rapidly, many countries has actively devoted themselves to develop the health information technologies. In Chinese Taipei, we also apply related information communication technologies for the measurement of risk factors for chronic diseases and the promotion of healthcare quality. In order to foster the exchange of experiences on the non-communicable diseases prevention and health information technologies application, we arrange three topics in this conference including “Global Views and Trends on ICTs and NCDs”, “Asia-Pacific Region Views and Trends on ICTs and NCDs” and “Advances in ICT Based Diabetes Management- Asia-Pacific prospects” for plenary speeches, as well as cases sharing on “Smart Healthcare Policies, Strategies and Implementation for Non-communicable Diseases and Their Risk Factors Prevention and Control in APEC Economics”. Besides, we also arrange the posters area and interactive demonstration of smart healthcare next to the conference room. We believe with the different interactions (lectures and demonstration), it will contribute to foster the mutual learning and promote the opportunities for future cooperation in Asia-Pacific region.
Finally, I sincerely welcome you all and appreciate your coming. I wish this conference a great success!
Dr. Ying-Wei Wang
Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare