National Chung Cheng University (CCU) and Chia-Yi Christian Hospital (CYCH) signed a cooperation agreement promoting medical research on the Aged Society

Published on Dec 03 2018

In order to improve teaching and research standards, and to encourage resource sharing, National Chung Cheng University (CCU) signed a cooperation agreement with Chia-Yi Christian Hospital (CYCH) on the 3rd of December 2018, to consolidate a relationship for the Center for Innovative Research on Aging Society (CIRAS). CCU and the Medical Research Department of CYCH will jointly promote medical care for aged people. It allows the interdisciplinary research team of CCU and the medical professionals of CYCH to realize an industry-academia collaboration. These two will work in efforts to enhance the medical services provided to our treasured elderly, as well as everyone in the future.

Today, Taiwan has officially transformed into the aging stage. It is estimated that by 2025, Taiwan will become a hyper-aged society with 20% of the population consisting of senior citizens. CCU explains that before then, our society has to come up with some effective solutions to conquer those inevitable challenges over issues, such as the heavy financial pressure, slow social development, employment market transition, incomplete social support system, and the demand for research projects on the aged society. Therefore, the need to actively establish an innovative holistic development and health care model/system for the elderly is vitally important, and we must take action now rather than later.

The cooperation agreement was signed by the principal of CCU, Dr. Zhang-Hua Fong, and the superintendent of CYCH, Wei-Ren Yao. Sixteen research projects aiming at: long-term care planning, chronic diseases, an AI medical system, the analysis on intelligent rehabilitation devices, community medical information integration, telemedicine, and cancer research, are the main pursuits of this agreement. CCU believes that since Chung Cheng University is the largest national university with excellent research power in Chia-Yi County, and CYCH is the best hospital in Yunlin-Chiayi area, well-known for its long-term medical care for the elderly, the joint effort from the two institutions will definitely take health care on the aged society to a more advanced level. Signing the cooperation agreement is only the first step, the expansion of this alliance will soon be expected to help bring more positive results into the targeted health care system.

Principal Fong reveals that the director of CIRAS, Professor Feng-Ming Hao, is the main driving force behind the scenes. He also appreciates the help from the Vice Dean of the College of Engineering, Professor Wen-Nung Lie, and the director of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Professor Michael Chan. The signing will not happen without their active facilitation. Through interdisciplinary teamwork, this gives CCU an opportunity, and the honor to work side-by-side with CYCH, from a multiple and local perspective, not only to seek solutions for the challenges ahead of our aging society, but also to shoulder the social responsibility in earnest as a national university.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Yao of CYCH addresses that medical health and long-term care on the aged society has always been the key focus in CYCH, however, as it will only become more in-demand in Taiwan, what CYCH has on offer now will not be enough to fulfil the need of that sort of service in the future. As a result, the cross-domain integration of medical information and an AI medical system has to be the center for future development in medical health. With the full support from CYCH staff members, Dr. Don-June Du, the director of the Medical Research Department, and Dr. Wei Chen, the director of the Community Health Department, CYCH is enabled to team up with other doctors within the hospital to take on those challenges as described above. By working with the alliance partner, CCU, we hope to create a win-win situation, in terms of all aspects of medical health, educational, individual, societal and governmental levels.