The National Health Insurance Administration of Taiwan and HIMSS have signed an MOU to advance the country’s digital health transformation. The partnership will focus on key areas such as population health, digital capacity building, cybersecurity resilience, and workforce development, with the aim of turning Taiwan’s healthcare into the “post-pandemic health system of tomorrow”. It will also offer workforce capacity-building programs, including courses, professional certifications, and continuing education for healthcare professionals.
Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Administration Partners with HIMSS for Digital Transformation of Healthcare
In a recent development, the National Health Insurance Administration of Taiwan and the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to push forward Taiwan’s digital health transformation.
According to a press release, the MOU will primarily concentrate on population health, digital capacity enhancement, cybersecurity resilience, and workforce development.
The Significance of the Partnership
Intending to evolve Taiwan’s healthcare into the “post-pandemic health system of tomorrow,” this global alliance aims to adopt an evidence-based method towards building a digital health ecosystem. This approach will utilize the HIMSS Digital Health Indicator and Digital Maturity Models.
The MOU also empowers the NHIA to access HIMSS’s subject matter experts and thought leaders to strengthen the health system’s cybersecurity. Furthermore, tailored workforce capacity-building programs will be jointly provided by NHIA and HIMSS to upskill the national workforce in digital health.
The Larger Implication
In recent years, Taiwan’s major hospitals have been at the forefront of the healthcare digital transformation. Several hospitals have achieved Stage 6 and Stage 7 of the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), including the recent revalidation for Stage 7 by China Medical University Hospital (CMUH).
Additionally, the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taoyuan City ranked second globally in the 2022 HIMSS Digital Health Indicator.
“Digital health adoption is a crucial step for Taiwan’s healthcare system to enhance health equity and patient outcomes. Through this partnership, the NHIA and HIMSS show a continuous commitment to increase patient access, better safeguard patient data, and train the future health workforce. Together, HIMSS and the NHIA will help transform healthcare in Taiwan,” said HIMSS president and CEO Hal Wolf.