Taiwan, Marshall Islands sign health care agreement

Taiwan's Taipei Medical University Shuang Ho Hospital signed an agreement with the Marshall Islands' Ministry of Health and Human Services last Monday to continue a medical internship program as well as establish a Hospital Information System (HIS) to enhance the quality of health care in the Pacific island country.

During President Tsai Ing-wen's visit, she and Hilda Heine, President of the Marshall Islands, witnessed the signing of an agreement between Taiwan's Shuang Ho Hospital and the Marshall Islands' health ministry.  

According to the agreement, Shuang Ho Hospital will help with the running of a clinical internship program for medical interns in the Marshall Islands as well as set up a HIS at Majuro Hospital, which is located in the country's capital city Majuro, to digitize patient records and other medical information.  

The Presidential Office provided additional information on Taiwan's health care efforts in the Marshall Islands, which includes helping local hospitals set up a standard operating procedure for patient care and donating a picture archiving and communication system (PACS), commonly used in radiology to store diagnostic information.  

These are all components of the Taiwan Medical Center project over the past five years, according to Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, with the goal of improving health care and public health education in the Marshall Islands.  

It is hoped that through this agreement the Marshall Islands will be able to achieve the World Health Organization's global health targets, Chen noted.

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