The Cares 2020 Shows Technology Transforms the Care Services

by 創新照顧雜誌

The first edition of The Cares – Innovative Care Conference & Exhibition which took place from Nov 3 to 5, 2020 in Taipei, had successfully attracted more than 5,000 professionals together to explore the latest development of the care industry.

Relying on Taiwan’s advancement in IT and ICT, the Taiwan care industry is looking for technologies to renovate the care services and address the problem in working force shrinkage. To meet this demand, The Cares, which aims to promote technologies for the Asian care industry, had invited 100 exhibitors with 180 booths, to showcase their latest solutions for medical and care institutes and looking for further cooperation among suppliers.

“To well prepare for the coming super-aged society, Taiwan care industry requires transformation, in which technology should play a vital role,” said Parson Lee, CEO of Anke Media. He also pointed out that Anke Media hopes to build a dialogue platform to accelerate the industry development. Two years since its inception, ĀnkěCare has been providing the latest industry news and updates via magazines, digital media, forums and international seminars & exhibition — The Cares.

From Taiwan to the Rest of Asian Countries

According to the latest ĀnkěCare report, long-term care services have been introduced to Taiwan for nearly 40 years. It was only until recently that the government, companies, and long-term care institutes have started to pay more attention to this sector. Facing the challenges in a rapidly ageing society, Taiwan long-term care industry now is quickly growing due to two main drivers — the government policy and local market demand.

At the same time, there were many equipment manufacturers and service providers who also expressed interests for cooperation and wanted to introduce the whole bundled solution, including products, services, and management teams, to overseas markets.

Builds a cross-industry networking platform

The Cares successfully connects suppliers and professional buyers and users from various industries. Visitors mainly came from long-term care and nursing care institutes, academic and research units, government agencies, medical institutions, and other innovative service institutes. 43 percent of them are particularly from medical and long-term care institutes, who were looking for innovative and technological solutions.

Equipment manufacturers exhibited over 500 products and services for care institutes. Some supporting groups, such as financial insurance and construction development, who hope to create a friendly living environment for the elderly, also exhibited in The Cares.

Top-notch Conference in The Cares

Around 3,167 audiences participated in the 80 speeches of the 11 forums, which coincided with the exhibition, during the three days. The topics covered the latest government policies in long-term care, elderly living, and the tech trends used for care services.

Ruiyuan Xue, Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare said, “The main goal is to let all the care recipients prolong their health. By means of technologies, we can enable the caregivers to do multiple jobs.”

Jui-Yuan Hsueh, The Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and Welfare(Credit by Chung-Hsin Wang)

ICT leading companies such as Acer, ASUS, AU Optronics, Compal, and Qisda/BenQ shared their visions about how technologies can innovate the care industry, the start-up companies addressed the new technologies with motion detection, demonstrated robots, positioning technology, AIoT platform and so on.

Dinghong Shi, the top management of Taipei Private Aiai Home and also the Chairman of the Taipei Silver Development Association, which is formed by more than 90 care institutes in Taipei City, said, “In Taiwan, there has never been such a large-scale event for the long-term care market. ĀnkěCare, the professional media, held the first ever care professional exhibition. The Cares is an exclusive platform for all the long-term care providers in Taiwan, which allows us to understand new products and solutions for care services. Through the exhibition, people in Taiwan and the rest of Asian countries are able to see the future opportunities in the vibrant Taiwan long-term care market.”

Testimonies

Stan Shih, the Founder of the Acer Group, also shared “Taiwan’s technology plays an important role in the world. Taiwan now also has a high demand for elderly care services and solutions. Taiwanese tech companies should focus on value-added solutions for our local market first, and then introduce them to overseas markets.”

Xinning Tu, Director General of the iFull Care Family Association, which has been engaged in home and community services for nearly 20 years, currently has 5 Daycare Centers for elderly. This is her first time participating in the exhibition. She mentioned, “In this exhibition, we encountered many people in different fields, who all want to invest in the long-term care market. There were also many companies and investors, who looked for technologies and wanted us to provide our know-how as a contractor.”

Dinghong Shi, the top management of Taipei Private Aiai Home and also the Chairman of the Taipei Silver Development Association, which is formed by more than 90 care institutes in Taipei City, said, “In Taiwan, there has never been such a large-scale event for the long-term care market. ĀnkěCare, the professional media, held the first ever care professional exhibition. The Cares is an exclusive platform for all the long-term care providers in Taiwan, which allows us to understand new products and solutions for care services. Through the exhibition, people in Taiwan and the rest of Asian countries are able to see the future opportunities in the vibrant Taiwan long-term care market.”

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