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The NHIA and the KMUH teamed up to deliver medical services to indigenous villages in Kaohsiung

  Taoyuan, Namasia, and Maolin are Kaohsiung City's three most remote districts with indigenous villages. Since 1997, the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) has commissioned Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital (KMUH) to provide integrated medical services in mountainous areas and offshore islands (Integrated Delivery System, IDS) in order to closing the gap of/or addressing the issue of health inequalities. The IDS facilitates access of medical resources to rural areas and connects the public health centers of the three districts with Cishan Hospital to provide around-the-clock medical services. NHIA Director-General Po-Chang Lee pays much attention to medical services in remote regions. From November 5 (today) to 6, a delegation led by Deputy Director-General Shu-Ling Tsai with other members such as the Division Head Shu-Hua Lin of the Kaohsiung-Pingtung Division visited the three districts to learn about the progress of the IDS implementation with smart care. The delegation paid the tribute, by also presenting certificates of appreciation, to project teams from KMUH, the public health centers in Taoyuan, Namasia, and Maolin districts, and Cishan Hospital for their efforts and contributions.

 

  After many years of implementing the IDS, the NHIA encourages project teams to innovate and refine care models. In recent years, KMUH has established a smart healthcare system by introducing information technology and built a household healthcare management system that integrates GIS illness management, smart care, and interactive apps. In October 2020, KMUH introduced facial recognition technology to indigenous villages. With this technology, local people who don't bring their NHI card but have registered profiles can still upload health data generated by smart devices to medical teams for illness management.

 

 

 

  • Date:2020-11-05