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National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has collaborated with Bio-architecture Formosana( BAF ) to design an integrated emergency medical shelter named QurE, which is designed as a quarantine unit, which is now available as an open-source document to share with international community!
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To meet the global challenge of COVID-19, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) plans to establish an innovation center to support research and development activities that address medical and socio-economic challenges in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, and foster collaboration between academic researchers and public, not for profit and industry partners. Research topics include diagnostics, vaccine, antiviral drugs, case tracking, as well as other technologies and tools in relation to the COVID-19. As so many of the world’s researchers focused so urgently on this topic, NCKU professors actively engaged with domestic and international partners, and will continue to bring their expertise and experiences to the global scientific community to help find potential solutions.

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The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Hospital self-developed diagnostic system, which was previously available only in Chinese, enables patients to fill in data on their travel, occupational, contact and virus cluster history electronically before being seen by a doctor. Now the NCKU Hospital added 6 languages to the system, which will help reduce the burden of the medical staff.

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Under the lack of doctors and nurses in countries with severe condition of COVID-19, pressure of taking care of patients and diagnosing symptoms are growing bigger. Before the outbreak of Coronavirus, researches on conducting artificial intelligent on healthcare system has been a key development to National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Hospital, Taiwan.

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National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan has recently set up a “smart” healthcare clinical decision making assistive system, improving the testing efficiency up to 5 to 6 times. Originally it took two and half hours for a high risk patients from testing to decision making, which costs labor force and increases risk of cross-infection. However, with the smart system it cost only less than 30 minutes.

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The HEARThermo, a watch-like wearable device, can continuously monitor body surface temperature and heart rate to provide real-time data and decision support for early fever detection and point-of-care of suspected cases in the COVID-19 pandemic. The product was developed by an interdisciplinary group of NCKU professors with expertise in medicine, IoT, big data, and AI, as well as an industrial partner.

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How the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting operations at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan, and how NCKU experts and scientists are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak is crucial to the nation. During the outbreak, NCKU Hospital (NCKUH) has successfully implemented outdoor coronavirus testing stations, using prefabricated modules.