Project Title

APEC Conference on Smart Healthcare for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and their Risk Factors Prevention and Control 

Project Year

2018   

Project Number

HWG 07 2018A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

HWG 07 2018A 

Project Title

APEC Conference on Smart Healthcare for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and their Risk Factors Prevention and Control 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Innovative Development, Economic Reform and Growth (IERG) 

Project Year

2018 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

85,000 

Co-funding Amount

70,000 

Total Project Value

155,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Health Working Group (HWG) 

Topics

Health 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Chinese Taipei 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Philippines; Russia; Singapore; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/11/2018 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2019 

Project Proponent Name 1

Wang Ying-Wei 

Job Title 1

Director-General 

Organization 1

Health Promotion Administration 

Postal Address 1

No. 36, Tacheng St., Datong District, Taipei City 103 

Telephone 1

(886-2) 25220531 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

cjiao@hpa.gov.tw 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Wang Ying-Wei 

Project Summary

Of 56.4 million global deaths, 39.5 million, or 70%, were due to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and over three quarters of NCD deaths (30.7 million) occurred in low and middle-income economies in 2015. The cumulative economic loss is estimated to surpass US$ 7 trillion over the period 2011-2025. Among NCDs, Diabetes has been reported to be on the rise in many parts of the world in 2015, and the Asia Pacific region alone accounted for 36.9% of the total number of diabetics in the world.

The prevention and early detection of diabetes are crucial to delay the disease’s progression and its adverse health effects. For individuals, diabetes prevention includes having a healthy diet, regular physical activity and avoidance of excessive weight gain. Whole economies’ and community programs will be crucial in raising awareness and enhancing prevention. Chinese Taipei proposes a project to provide APEC economies with a platform to share experience on diabetes prevention and control policy and discuss the strategies and actions on how to utilize Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to upgrade diabetes managements and diabetes-related risk factors prevention and control.

The proposed conference will be held in Taipei during April or May 2019 and will include the following activities: (1) interactive sessions to exchange diabetes prevention and control policies plus ICT-based diabetes care and their risk factor prevention and control   (2) site visits to smart cities and smart healthcare providers, such as hospitals, and communities.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: Of 56.4 million global deaths, 39.5 million, or 70%, were due to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and over three quarters of NCD deaths (30.7 million) occurred in low and middle-income economies in 2015. Among NCDs, Diabetes has been reported to be on the rise in many parts of the world in 2015, and the Asia Pacific region alone accounted for 36.9% of the total number of diabetics in the world. The consequences of NCDs resulting in health and economic damage is estimated to surpass US$ 7 trillion over the period 2011-2025 (an average of nearly US$ 500 billion per year) to low- and middle-income economies from the four major NCDs diseases.

Chinese Taipei has initiated NCDs risk factors prevention and control program, including promoting healthy weight management, physical activity and a healthy diet. A smart healthy city project has been developed for integration of the above programs as a whole. In addition, applying smart service models in communities, workplaces, schools and hospitals as well. Chinese Taipei has also developed a diabetes shared care network model since 2003 and has enhanced the public’s participation in diabetes care through health professional accreditation, health promoting institutions set-up, shared decision-making (SDM) plans, diabetes peer support groups in communities etc. Through the diabetes shared care network and the diabetes care strategies, standardized mortality rate of diabetes decreased 34% between 2002 and 2016. Moreover, several personal diabetes healthcare technologies have been implemented, such as diabetes telecare devices and diabetes healthcare APPs, which could record patients’ blood glucose, diet, exercise and other data in real-time through the cloud and foster patient’s self-care abilities and healthy behaviors.

We face rapidly increasing incidence of NCDs in all APEC economies. It is a critical issue for APEC economies to establish a cross-departmental cooperating mechanism to scale up innovative ways of delivering effective care for NCDs. Therefore, we would like to propose the project to provide APEC economies with a platform to build capacity, share experiences from Chinese Taipei and international experts, and discuss strategic actions on NCDs prevention and control using health technologies. 

Relevance – Eligibility: This project is in line with the eligibility criteria of IERG Sub-Fund: Implementing the “Healthy Asia-Pacific 2020” initiative. A key area of the Healthy Asia-Pacific 2020 initiative is strengthening the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, including mental illnesses, disabilities, violence and injuries. This includes adopting a holistic and multi-sectoral approach that provides continuous health management and early diagnosis/treatment. This project can provide APEC economies with a platform to exchange strategic actions on adopting a holistic and multi-sectoral approach that prevent and control NCDs, such as diabetes and their risk factors. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: The Asia-Pacific region’s rapid rise in NCDs offers tremendous challenges. The development of smart healthcare is increasingly seen as a support, and improvement approach for NCDs prevention and control, especially in self-management and empowerment of patients and people at risk. Since each economy might respond differently to the actual challenges with various approaches towards potential solutions, we expect this project to facilitate all APEC economies to identify the major challenge and constrains in their economies and strengthen exchanges and cooperation to explore diversified paths to narrow the gaps in NCDs prevention and control among the Asia-Pacific region.

This project fit capacity building goals: to attain sustainable growth and equitable development in the Asia-Pacific region and to improve the economic and social well-being of the people through developing innovated health technologies of delivering effective smart care for NCDs in all APEC economies, which sustainably decrease economic losses and the global burden of NCDs. In order to improve health and social well-being, the project aims to establish an international communication channel to achieve the above long term goals.

Through the project, we conduct ongoing consultation with HWG members and we will target APEC members’ needs to design agenda and related information of the conference. Additionally, we will provide APEC economies with the essential components and key strategies to achieve a better NCDs management outcome. It is anticipated a consensus on cooperation for NCDs prevention and control with all APEC member economies could be reached. Further to disseminate acquired skills and long-term cooperation relationship among APEC member economies may be established to prevent and control NCDs together in the APEC region.

Objectives

Key objectives of the Project are:

1) To share the experience and information on the latest developments and challenges of NCDs prevention and control with different economies and stakeholders;

2) To share the successful experience of Chinese Taipei in promoting the model of chronic disease and their risk factors prevention and control, Diabetes Shared Care, and diabetes case management via personalized digital healthcare devices among the developing economies in APEC; and

3) To provide a platform for international exchange of NCDs prevention and control in order to foster an effective and long-term cooperation relationship.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  

1) This project directly responds to the Joint Statement of the 7th APEC High-Level Meeting on Health & the Economy. They support implementation of the 2011 APEC NCD Action Plan and APEC’s economies coordination for NCDs prevention and control.

2) This project echoes the 2018 APEC theme "Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future" and its priority by exchange experiences of health technologies. 

Alignment – Forum: The Healthy Asia Pacific 2020 Initiative (HAP2020) has been one of the priorities in APEC, which was endorsed by the Ministers at the 26th Ministerial Meeting in 2014. In the Meeting, they recognized that the prospect of shared prosperity of APEC member economies will depend on innovative development, economic reform, and growth in the region, and inclusive support is seen as essential to maintaining growth while also providing a solid foundation for economic growth and addressing the needs of vulnerable groups. The aim of the initiative is to promote people’s health and well-being through their whole life-course by means of whole-of-government, whole-of-society and whole-of-region approach to promote the health security, growth and development of the Asia-Pacific region.

This project directly supports HAP2020 key focus area to “strengthening the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, including injuries” and “strengthening health systems to support universal health coverage” by strengthening smart healthcare for NCDs and their risk factors prevention and control, including a holistic and multi-sectoral approach that provides continuous health management and early diagnosis/treatment. In addition, this project meets HAP2020 priorities: (1) Universal Health Coverage and (2) Non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and control across the life course.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:

#1 Output: This project will be carried out in the form of an international conference exploring better strategies for the prevention and control of NCDs, especially diabetes-related diseases and their risk factors in the APEC region. It would consist of a 1.5-day conference and 0.5-day site visit, which will be held in Chinese Taipei in 2019.

1) Share the experience related to technology for diabetes-related care:  The technology in our project is focused on the benefits to patients and citizens, including APP, AI, wearable devices, social media and electronic health records etc. For example, we use above technologies to enable the delivery of precision diabetes care tailored to the characteristics of individual patients. After assessment by the physician, patients can use glucometer and devices to enter and transmit data at home, and they can use an APP to get online assistance by AI or case managers who would review the transmitted data of the patients. Additionally, the transmitted data are also integrated with the hospital’s information system, enabling physicians easy access to patient data, so as to provide most appropriate care for each individual patient.

The topics in our conference are about NCDs especially diabetes-related diseases as follows: effective policy actions required to combat NCDs; optimizing the use of smart healthcare for NCDs prevention and control such as health promotion messages on their risk factors, telecare devices, chronic disease healthcare APPs etc.; enhanced capacities to strengthen health systems to address the growing NCDs burden through effective use of ICT and communication channels. Each session will focus on the topics with the view of achieving the objectives set out for the conference. For experience exchange and discussion, 15-30 minutes will be reserved as Q&A time to allow all participants to have a discussion with the speakers. 

2) Expert and participant invitation: Experts who are in charge of the prevention and control of NCDs from the private and the public sectors in APEC economies and non-APEC stakeholders will be invited to be a moderator or a speaker to share NCDs control programs using the latest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) management systems. 

We are going to invite economies such as Republic of Korea; Japan; Hong Kong, China; the United States, Singapore, and Chinese Taipei, etc. to share their experiences on NCD care, especially diabetes-related care. Experts from non- APEC member economies and other international organizations will be invited to attend the conference as well. We will remain in close contact with the APEC Secretariat for advice on non-member participation and ensure the non-member participation guidelines are closely followed. 

Participants from APEC member economies will be invited to provide brief information on the relevant researches, plans and strategies of their NCDs and the prevention and control of their risk factors before the conference for the production of posters. Participating economies’ NCDs–related information posters will be produced beforehand by the host. 

#2 Manual: The conference manual that includes updated information about ICT utilization strategies and the application of smart healthcare for NCDs and their risk factors prevention and control, the successful experiences shared by economies, abstracts, and brief introduction of the moderators or speakers, will be prepared in advance and distributed to the participants during the conference. The expected length of the document is about 150-200 pages. This manual won’t be an APEC publication. However, we’ll sent our manual to APEC HWG secretary and circulate the manual to all APEC economics by email. 

#3 Booklet: Further, a contact information booklet containing the contact details of the participating experts will be compiled and distributed to facilitate further communication among all the economies after the conference, and related documents will also be uploaded to the APEC HWG website as well as the website of the Health Promotion Administration of Chinese Taipei for access by the general public. 

#4 Site Visit: We will share the successful experience of Chinese Taipei in promoting the model of diabetes-related diseases and the prevention and control of their risk factors in the conference. Furthermore, to help member economies better understand how to apply ICTs to improve qualities of diabetes-related care, the project consists of a 0.5-day site visit which will verify the accuracy of our presentation in the conference. 

Specifically, we are going to visit smart hospitals which utilize ICTs to provide diabetes, diabetes related conditions, and the management and prevention of their risk factors through the team of health professionals, including physicians, nurses, dieticians, laboratory technicians, pharmacist and more, and this hospital will push forward Diabetes Patient Self-Help Groups to improve high-risked diabetes and diabetes patients’ “self-management” skill, and evaluate the outcome. Through the site visit, not only can all the participants witness our implementation of ICT-based NCDs prevention and control, but also exchange their own experience with our frontline health professionals. 

Outcomes: To combat NCDs, greater emphasis should be placed on reducing the major risk factors for NCDs (including tobacco use, physical inactivity, an unhealthy diet and the harmful use of alcohol) case management, surveillance of NCDs and strengthening efforts towards smart health care system. The project will not only raise the participants’ awareness on the importance and urgency of NCDs threat to public health and social-economic development during the conference, but also enhance the participants’ capacity to fight against the NCDs especially in the field of diabetes-related diseases and the prevention and control of their risk factors when they return to their home economies through broader smart healthcare and revising practices, policies or regulations based on local context in the near future.

Moreover, the NCDs expert network will be provided during the conference to enable participants to consult and exchange information with other experts even after they return to their economies. Chinese Taipei will provide a contact information booklet and  keep working closely with these experts and encourage them to share their economies’ data and information regarding ICT-based NCDs and their risk factors management with all participants continuously. We will connect the participants in Asia-Pacific people and provide access to NCDs strategies not only through government officials but also by academics, so that the network will be sustainable maintained. Moreover, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) of Chinese Taipei is a member of Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH), which is a regional academic consortium, comprising many of the largest and most influential schools of Public Health in the Asia-Pacific region.

After this conference, we expect to help the participants identify the major challenge and constrains in their economies, enhance their capacity of NCDs prevention and control, and modify their NCDs control programs to meet the global trend. Ultimately, we wish to achieve a long-lasting cooperation relationship and for the prevention and control programs of NCDs and their risk factors among APEC economies to be created and achieved.

Additionally, hard and soft copies of the conference materials will be prepared and distributed at the conference. It will facilitate participants in further applications of the knowledge and information acquired during the conference. The participants are encouraged to make optimal use of the conference materials. They can duplicate the CD and share it with the experts in their economies who can also obtain the same information and knowledge on the latest smart healthcare for NCDs and their risk factors prevention and control. All the conference documents will also be uploaded to the APEC HWG website. 

Beneficiaries: The targeted beneficiaries of this project are health policy makers, public health officers, health care workers, public health researchers/scholars/analysts, epidemiologists, staff and companies of health technologies and ICT industry, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders, especially (a) Epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical safety and efficacy, and prevention of diabetes, diabetes related conditions, and their risk factors (nutrition and exercise); (b) expertise in utilizing ICTs to facilitate disease management in diabetes care; (c) expertise in utilizing ICTs to promoting quality of life for community dwelling older adults, patients of diabetes and endocrine disorders and their family. Besides, we will provide the participants list to HWG secretary and the overseers of the other 2 projects (HWG 05 2018A, HWG 08 2018A), to avoid inviting duplicated participants or experts by them. To identify the list of targeted beneficiaries, we will assemble an expert team that will combine respective of academic and official expertise in diabetes-related healthcare and medical technology of Chinese Taipei to shape our agenda, recommend speakers, moderators, experts in member economies, and name of listed beneficiaries. Besides, we hope the invite manager and supervisor level from the public sector, and we also look forward to inviting beneficiaries from developing economies.

During the conference, NCDs prevention and control experts’ researches, speeches and posters will be shared and discussed. We expect that through the sharing of professional information and practical experience, participants can understand what effective strategic actions APEC member economies have taken, learn from other economies’ experiences to improve their capacity implementing action plans and adopting the best practices to combat NCDs in the local context in their economies. Facing the increasing challenges posed by the NCDs problem, we also expect the participants to be able to assess the impact of the strategies routinely after implementing NCDs strategies.

Furthermore, they are encouraged to utilize the knowledge and information they have gained during the conference to influence decision makers or other health care workers in their respective economies. We hope this methodology can be applied via a hub and spoke model to augment the benefits of this proposal beyond the participants. Major beneficiaries of this project will provide the basis of future actions taken by public health authorities and smart healthcare professionals in the APEC economies. This will benefit all people by reducing the overall NCDs prevalence, and mortality, economic loss and health care costs associated with NCDs and improving regional health.

Dissemination

To ensure a productive conference, the presentation slides and relevant materials will be collected ahead of the conference and distributed to the participants on site. Documents and materials in the conference, such as conference agenda, a booklet containing the contact details of the participants, feedback evaluation and other materials will be prepared in either hard or soft copies, and about 100 copies will be released.

We will encourage all participants to participate in events of the conference actively. Before the conference, when they register for the conference, participants will be asked to provide brief information to showcase their smart healthcare for Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors prevention and control related information results, plans and strategies. During the conference, 2/3 of the APEC member economies are anticipated to attend and posters will be produced by the host and displayed.

Related documents will also be uploaded to the APEC HWG website as well as the website of the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) of Chinese Taipei for access by the general public, especially those who are in charge of NCDs prevention and control programs. In addition, a QR code will be developed and included in the conference handbook. All information can be accessed online through scanning the QR code linking to the website of Health Promotion Administration, Chinese Taipei. Free online information will be available for public health workers and health care professionals to obtain even if they are not able to attend the conference.

The participants are encouraged to make optimal use of the conference documents. They can duplicate the materials and disseminate the knowledge upon returning to their economies to share with their colleagues and decision makers.  We will update the expert list and related information about NCDs prevention and control policies frequently on the HWG website as we receive feedback from the participants. In order to disseminate the conference manual and booklet, we’ll circulate them to all APEC economics by email, and we‘ll also present the most important information of smart healthcare in our manual at the APEC HWG meeting in August this year.

Gender

This project directly supports “skills, capacity building, and health” and “Innovation and technology” of Gender Criteria by strengthening women’s knowledges, skills, and capacity of ICT utilization in NCDs prevention and control. 

Both men and women will be encouraged to attend this conference. The project team (including leadership) is comprised of both men and women. The invitation will be circulated to all APEC member economies, with the anticipation of equal participation, at least 40-50% of the invited participants will be female. We anticipate that the conference will involve at least 25-50 percent of female speakers. Additionally, we will actively encourage female NCDs prevention and control researchers or public health workers to join the conference. To meet the statement of “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies” declared by APEC, we will encourage invited speakers attending the conference that while giving speeches they can emphasize the linkage between women’s health and NCDs prevention and control to raise the importance of  women’s health of all participants, and ask them to consider the five pillars of the Gender Criteria (Access to Capital/Assets; Access to Markets; Skills, Capacity Building, Health; Leadership, Agency, Voice; Innovation and Technology).

To provide women with more opportunities, we will consult related experts and invite as many women as possible to attend the conference as either speakers or delegates. The involvement of women in this project starts from planning, managing, and organizing up to conducting the project. We will confer with the Chinese Taipei GFPN during the planning stage.

PO is committed to collect sex disaggregated data for all speakers and participants (not only the APEC funded) at the project event. This data will be included when submitting a Completion Report to the Secretariat at the completion of the project as well as giving future POs guidance on their own gender parity targets.

Work Plan

The project consists of a 1.5-day conference and a 0.5-day site visit that include three stages: 

Time

Tasks

Deliverables

Preparation period

(Jan to April 2019)

1. Establish a planning team and assign responsibilities.

2. Consult related agencies, academic sector and other interested stakeholders from the host economy and co-sponsoring economies.

3. Identify the content of the conference program and invite moderators and speakers.

4. Send out invitation letters and Administration Circular to all APEC members.

5. Collect participating economies’ NCDs-related information and prepare to produce the posters.

6. Prepare contact information booklet and a conference manual.

7. Develop a questionnaire to assess participants’ satisfaction.

·   Speaker/ moderator list

·   Participant list

·   Agenda (draft)

Implementation period

(April or May 2019)

1. Conference

(1) The tasks include:

A.  Have a team meeting with an onsite team;  

B.  Double-check all configurations and setups before the check-in starts;

C.  Inspect any equipment, and ensure there’s someone to take care of any possible defects;;

D.  Take care of process of entire conference.

(2) Participants: around 100-120 government officials and experts from 2/3 of the APEC member economies are expected to take part in the conference. It is expected to have 2 delegates recommended by each member economy to attend the conference.

2. Site visit: Site visit to 1-2 smart cities, hospitals or communities that implements digital NCDs care model in Chinese Taipei will be arranged for all participants during the conference. 

·   A conference manual

·   Posters

·   A Contact information booklet

Evaluation period

(May to Dec 2019)

1. Conduct a questionnaire survey of the conference using APEC Project Evaluation Survey Template as a model.

2.  Formulate an evaluation result from the questionnaire survey.

3. The conference materials and related reports will be submitted to the APEC and upload to the APEC HWG website.

4. Within 2 months after project end date: the drafting, endorsement and submission of the Completion Report and all supporting documents to the Secretariat.

5.  6 to 12 months after project end date: participation in the Long Term Evaluation of APEC Projects conducted by the Secretariat, as required by all APEC funded projects.

·   A completion report (including an evaluation result as an attached file)

Long Term Evaluation period

(until June 2020)

Chinese Taipei will encourage participants of APEC Economics to present their strategies and  achievements by utilizing ICTs for smart healthcare for NCDs prevention and control at HWG meeting in 2020.

·   Strategies and Achievements

Risks

Risk 1: Unexpected disaster happens before or during the conference period.

Solution: If an unexpected disaster, such as a typhoon, an earthquake and a disease outbreak, happens before the conference, we will confer with the APEC Secretariat and all APEC economies to decide whether or not the conference should proceed. After considering the risk of the disaster and opinions, the decision if the conference should be postponed or held on time will be made. In addition, if most invited moderators, speakers and participants express their concerns for not being able to attend the conference due to an outbreak or a natural disaster, we will also defer the conference until further notice. Moreover, a preparedness plan will be prepared during the planning stage of the conference. Local emergency and police departments will be consulted to ensure a safe environment for all participants.

Risk 2: Selected topics might not meet the needs of all HWG members.

Solution: We will confer with HWG members during the preparation stage. And, we will provide the latest agenda and related information of the conference to HWG members frequently and anticipate to get feedback from them. Besides, we will work closely with potential speakers to ensure their presentations meet the needs of all HWG members.

Risk 3:If some speaker can’t attend the conference unexpectedly.

Solution: During the planning stage of the conference, we will prepare a backup speaker list to cope with this kind of situation. If there is a cancellation of a speaker, we will contact the backup speaker, and send out the invitation promptly.

Risk 4:Delayed submission of conference materials

Solution: As mentioned in the Section of Dissemination, in addition to preparing 100 copies of conference manuals, we will also disseminate a QR code that links to the electronic copy of the conference manual to each participant. Therefore, if the production of the conference manual is delayed, the electronic copy can be readily downloaded on the website through scanning the QR code, and participants can use their mobile device to read the manual before the hard copy is ready.

Risk 5:Lower travel eligible participation

Solution: Invitation will be circulated to all APEC member economies emphasizing APEC funding available for up to two participants from each APEC travel-eligible economies as well as domestic related organizations, and we will request early confirmation. Therefore, the percentage of participation can be continuously followed up and a backup participant list will be developed. If the percentage of travel-eligible participation is too low, we will invite travel-eligible members on the backup list to participate in the conference in a timely manner. 

Risk 6:Avoid duplicated efforts spent on implementing the same outputs of two other similar HWG project proposals (HWG 05 2018A International Conference «Promoting Human Security in APEC - Capacity-Building of APEC Economies Through Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases by Implementing Innovative Healthcare Technologies» and HWG 08 2018A APEC Conference of medical information sharing for enhancing medical and disease management)

Solution: 

We will invite experts focusing on utilizing ICTs to facilitate disease management in diabetes-related care. And as far as we know, the two other similar HWG project proposals will held in June or in the fall of 2019, which are held after our project, so we will provide the participants list for the other 2 project overseer, in order to avoid inviting duplicated participants or experts.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The projects will be implemented under the umbrella of the APEC. Once the project is approved and the agenda is set, a detailed plan will be generated. We will set a strict timeline of actions for the project, which includes duration, activity, output, deadline, person in charge, etc. Each task will be assigned to a staff, and this person will have to organize and communicate all relevant matters with the team. In addition, PO will organize group meetings every 3~4 weeks to have operators reporting on the progress. Records will be made at each meeting for after-project review. The review meetings can ensure all the substantive and logistic arrangements for the conference are on track.  In addition, we will work closely with co-sponsor economies during the planning and implementation stages. We anticipate that there will be around 100 experts from 2/3 of the APEC member economies to participate in the conference. Before the conference, we will search different channels to send out the invitation letters to HWG and LSIF members and encourage them to participate. The conference will involve at least 30-50 percent of female speakers. Additionally, we will actively encourage female NCDs-related researchers or public health workers to join the conference. At least 40-50% of the invited participants will be female.

 A questionnaire survey will be handed out to the participants at the conference to assess their satisfaction and opinions. The feedback and comments from Speakers/ Participants regarding the content of the conference will be collected and analyzed. Further, we expect more than 70% of the participants will be satisfied with the result of the conference, which will be found out through conducting a questionnaire survey to assess participants’ satisfaction on the topics and speakers, etc. The evaluation result from the questionnaire survey reflecting the lessons learned and experience earned by respective APEC member economies will be formulated, which will help Chinese Taipei design better conference contents in the future.

Linkages

We plan to engage all the Ministries/Departments of Health of APEC economies in nominating eligible participants. During the preparation, we will engage the co-sponsoring economies and related agencies. Experts from non-APEC member economies and other international organizations will be invited to participate as either moderators or speakers. In addition, we will also invite the representatives from the Life Sciences Innovation Forum (LSIF) to attend this conference, and experts from APEC, non-APEC member economies, the private sector, academia, NGOs, and other international organizations such as WHO and WPRO will be invited to attend the conference as moderators or speakers. We will remain in close contact with the APEC Secretariat for advice on non-member participation and ensure that the non-member participation guidelines are closely followed. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, a session will be arranged to discuss how cross-sector collaboration can tackle NCDs, and ICT experts, as well as healthcare providers (e.g. hospitals, clinics), healthcare professionals (e.g. physician, nurses, dieticians, laboratory technicians, pharmacists) and so on will be invited to participate in the session. 

In 2011, the issue of “NCDs” was directly mentioned in the Joint Statement of the 7th APEC High-Level Meeting on Health & the Economy, which support implementation of the 2011 APEC NCD Action Plan and APEC’s economies coordination for NCDs prevention and control. In Healthy Asia-Pacific 2020 Roadmap Initiative, strengthening the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, including a holistic and multi-sectoral approach that provides continuous health management and early diagnosis/treatment, is the key area of the Initiative. This is the first NCDs control and prevention project combined Information and Communication Technology (ICT) application proposed at APEC. 

Many interventions on NCDs have been already implemented in previous projects by nutrigenomics approach or health technology assessment (HTA). In previous works, we know NCDs play an important effect on health and the economy. However, no projects use ICTs intervention strategies such as APP, AI, wearable devices, social media and electronic health records against NCDs.

Sustainability

This conference will assist the developing economies to identify major challenges and constrains in their economies and enhance their capacity building to establish a better NCDs healthcare tactics. Participants can apply the knowledge and information learned from the conference to develop more suitable strategies for their own economies.

Hard copies and soft copies of the conference outputs will be disseminated to relevant stakeholders and beneficiaries for future recall and reference. Before the end of the conference, we will develop a contact information booklet containing contact details of the participating experts, including the moderators, speakers and participants who are the NCDs prevention and control program stakeholders in their respective economies. Participants are encouraged to exchange contacts during the conference to keep constant information exchange. We also hope to facilitate further communication among economies after the conference.

The conference will facilitate a better understanding of the smart healthcare situation in the APEC region among the participants through discussing and sharing the latest information on relevant control efforts. In our future work, Chinese Taipei will revise our NCDs smart healthcare strategic plan based on the new idea and information gained from the conference. The result of the conference will be presented at HWG.

After project completion, we expect participating economies to gain a better insight into new NCDs smart healthcare strategies. In the recent years, more new researches and strategies for NCDs prevention and control have become available. We expect the participants to do more researches on those new strategies after they return to their home economies.

The project will look at how smart healthcare for NCDs, especially diabetes-related diseases can be achieved in every member economies. These finding can be applied by the next project in the future. Furthermore, the project will also look at how best practices can be applied, including descriptions of limitations or hurdles economies may face.

Through the poster presentation during the conference, the consensus on the importance of smart healthcare for NCDs prevention and control in the APEC region can be reached and strengthened. Furthermore, through utilizing the expert network, sustained sharing of expertise to update one another on the latest smart healthcare systems can be achieved. Besides, when any economies encounter obstacle in NCDs prevention and control, we can identify and consult with the expert directly through the network, and we will also invite them to join future relevant conferences or activities we host, and the information provided by the expert will be uploaded to the website of HWG for those who need it. Therefore, through the expert network, participants can keep in touch with one another to strengthen the regional capacity to tackle NCDs. It is anticipated that long-term cooperation relationship among APEC member economies can be established to tackle NCDs together.

Project Overseers

Prof. Ying-Wei Wang is the primary project overseer.

Prof. Wang is currently the Director-General of the Health Promotion Administration, which is the authority responsible for health promotion and NCDs prevention and control in Chinese Taipei. Prof. Wang has also been newly elected as the governance board member in the International Health Promoting Hospitals Network in June 2018.  In addition, he devotes great effort to the development of hospice and palliative care and served as a council member in the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network. With his extensive experience in the promotion of palliative care, Professor Wang won the first prize in the 2010 international quality of death survey.

Professional Career:

- Director-General,  Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Chinese Taipei

- Deputy Director, Department of Medicine, Tzu Chi University

- Director, Department of Medical Humanities, School of Medicine, Tzu Chi University

- Director, Heart Lotus Care Ward, Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital

- Secretary-general, Chinese Taipei Society of Health Promotion Hospitals

- Council member, Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network.

In order to ensure the conference proceeds as planned, Ms. Yun-Yao (Lily) Ko is assigned to be the project coordinator to coordinate with the APEC Secretariat, professional event organizer and APEC economies, and to manage and implement this project. Ms. Ko’s contact details are as follows: 

Contact person
Yun-Yao Ko (Lily)
Planning Division
Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Chinese Taipei

Tel:  +886 2 25220534
Fax: +886 2 25220569
E-mail: lilyko@hpa.gov.tw

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On the second day of the conference a site visit to smart cities or smart healthcare providers will be arranged for all the foreign participants, including the moderators, speakers and delegates from participating APEC member economies.  The visit will provide an overview of practical procedures in smart healthcare for NCDs prevention and control.  Hospital personnel or health project managers will be onsite to share their experiences on how to prevent and control NCDs and its factors via ICTs.  For example, member economies will visit hospitals using ICTs Based Smart Healthcare such as personal App and understand how telecare team deliver the most appropriate care for each individual patient.

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