Yang-Ming GLORIA and AICS promoted the Hua-Yang Project, nurturing specialists for AI eHealth in Taiwan.
From left: Director Chun-Ying Wu of Institute of BioMedical Informatics, Dean for Research & Development Yu-Te Wu of National Yang-Ming University, Vice President Jaw-Jou Kang of National Yang-Ming University, Director Shung-Haur Yang of the affiliated hospital of National Yang-Ming University, President H. S. Kuo of National Yang-Ming University, Vice Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer Ted Hsu of ASUS, superintendent Tai-Yi Huang of AICS and vice president (global services) at ASUS, Chief Technology Officer Tai-Min Pang at ASUS, Chief Executive Officer Hsien-Chih Pei of the Center for Academia and Industry Collaboration, National Yang-Ming University, and the Global Research and Industry Alliance, and Head of Department Cheng-Chieh Yang of the Dentistry Department, National Yang-Ming University.
Hua Yang Project, Promoted by Yang-Ming GLORIA and ASUS Intelligent Cloud Services (AICS), Builds the Foundation of Biomedical Informatics Expertise for eHealth in Taiwan
ASUS Intelligent Cloud Service Center (AICS) and National Yang-Ming University have hand-in-hand established the Hua Yang Project, launching the “AI for Medical” program for interns and Ph.D. students. The program clinically helps the affiliated hospital of National Yang-Ming University build a structured and standardized clinical database through AI integration and innovation, devoting itself to precision medicine. This project has built a solid foundation for industry-academia cooperation to achieve the strategic goal of eHealth promotion in Taiwan.
National Yang-Ming University and AICS signed the industry-academia research and development cooperation MOU for the Hua Yang Project. From left: Director Shung-Haur Yang of the affiliated hospital of National Yang-Ming University, President H. S. Kuo of National Yang-Ming University, and Tai-Yi Huang, vice president (global services) at ASUS and superintendent of AICS.
Educational Cooperation – Top-notch professionals from AICS and National Yang-Ming University have personally conducted “AI for Medical” masterclasses.
National Yang-Ming University has devoted itself to nurturing cross-disciplinary talents to develop expertise in both biomedical informatics and AI. Through the Hua Yang Project, apart from combining the current AI classes conducted by Dean for Research & Development Yu-Te Wu and Professor Li-Fen Chen of Institute of Brain Science, the professionals from the AICS will also conduct classes, including Dr. Tai-Yi Huang, vice president (global services) at ASUS and superintendent of AICS, and Dr. Tai-Min Pang, chief technology officer at ASUS. They will be helping students integrate industry and academia. AICS will also set up a branch at National Yang-Ming University, executing the “AI for Medical” Program for medical interns and Ph.D. students and nurturing cross-disciplinary specialists to develop expertise in both biomedical informatics and AI. In the future, they will go further to integrate the academia-industry research and development center for long-term cooperation through the AIR Center Project of the Ministry of Science and Technology. Also, AICS will release jobs for big data engineers, product managers, and business development managers, allowing the Hua Yang Project trainees to develop their careers in the field of AI.
Applied Cooperation – The research results of the Hua Yang Project will be applied in the affiliated hospital of National Yang-Ming University.
AICS will introduce their research and development product “ICD-10 coding AI recommender engine” to the affiliated hospital of National Yang-Ming University, where physician engineers from the Department of Medicine will also participate in the program. Through the link to ASUS, the research and development capabilities from the “AI for Medical” program executed by the Yang-Ming University are expected to link up with the industry end. The subsequent research outcomes will be used to assist the affiliated hospital of National Yang-Ming University in the building of a structured and standardized precision medicine database, hence building a foundation for achieving the strategic goal of eHealth promotion.
President H. S. Kuo of National Yang-Ming University claimed in the welcome speech that economic transformation is necessary, health care faces transformation, too. This round of industry-academia cooperation symbolizes National Yang-Ming University’s dedication to eHealth. It will also make Taiwan into an eHealth center together with the technological industry’s heavy hitter in Taiwan.
President H. S. Kuo of National Yang-Ming University claimed in the welcome speech that the current epidemic had told us how vital eHealth is. It would have been impossible for Taiwan to execute the mask-rationing plan, send cell broadcast messages, and display data for confirmed cases if big data from the health insurance system, the geographical information system, and the surveillance system of infectious diseases do not exist. “AI for Medical” is not the future; it is happening right now. Director Shung-Haur Yang of the affiliated hospital of National Yang-Ming University claimed that “Medical record structurization if the first step of precision medicine. Many people have been predicting whether or not artificial intelligence would replace doctors? Computers are good at dealing with problems associated with structurization, but human brains show both rational and emotional qualities. Artificial intelligence, therefore, would not replace medical professions in the foreseeable future, yet it would be an indispensable weapon for precision medicine.” Tai-Yi Huang, superintendent of AICS and vice president (global services) at ASUS, pointed out, “Hardware manufacturing serves as a powerful backup force for Taiwan, leading the global informatics subcontracting industry. After stepping into the AI era, we need experts, even more, to do research on and develop software to empower hardware. The software and hardware integration-driven innovation and values are to be developed through the industrial application.
Director Shung-Haur Yang of the affiliated hospital of National Yang-Ming University explained in the welcome speech that doctors’ diagnoses and prescriptions are based on patients’ medical records. But we need the assistance of AI to convert the massive information provided in the medical records to useful medical information.
The Hua Yang Project, established by AICS and National Yang-Ming University, sets off from the medical industry and plans the programming classes and research directions for interns and Ph.D. students with logical thinking AI system. The results will be applied clinically in the affiliated hospital of National Yang-Ming University. A complete process of nurturing cross-disciplinary experts who specialize in both biomedical informatics will form, which is expected to build the foundation of biomedical and informatics expertise for eHealth in Taiwan.
Superintendent of AICS and Vice President (global services) at ASUS Tai-Yi Huang pointed out, “We hope to demonstrate the promotion of technological and medical industry cooperation in Taiwan through the fundamental expert nurturing with the Hua Yang Project. And putting ourselves in a dominant position in the global eHealth industry chain.”