Taiwan’s Introduces Innovative Devices and Assistive Technology for Seniors’ Health Care

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Taiwan Excellence launched recently its Smart Medical Products that are focused on
the aging society.

Presented during the launch were four brands awarded for their innovative products.
These are Gigantex's carbon fiber wheelchair, Merits’ foldable power wheelchair,
iXensor’s point-of-care testing solution, and Leadtek’s wireless fingertip oximeter.

As the quality of medical technology improved around the world, the average age of
human beings is rising. According to a 2019 United Nations report on world
population aging, there were more than 703 million people aged over 65. Over the
next three decades, this is seen to double to more than 1.5 billion people in 2050. This
trend has been noted in an increasing number of countries and efforts have been made
in coming up with long-term care policies and facilities. Demand for elderly care
products, such as assistive technologies and home care service, is also projected to
skyrocket.

Since 2014, Taiwan has ranked as the second largest exporter of assistive devices,
where the output value of assistive devices in Taiwan has reached $930 million. Of
these, mobility assistance has the largest output value that reached $354 million, or 38
percent of the total in 2019. The four Taiwan Excellence Award brands mentioned –
Gigantex Composite Technologies Co., Ltd., Merits Health Products Co., Ltd.,
iXensor Co., Ltd., and Leadtek Research Inc. – all demonstrated their excellence in the
long-term care area with the launch of their trusted healthcare products.

Taiwanese companies remain committed to designing new products with reduced
product weight to create a more convenient wheelchair. Gigantex focused on carbon
fiber and designed a one-piece and super-light wheelchair. Their carbon fiber
wheelchair, MF012, is designed with an “H” shape that allows the user to fold it in
seconds, and is considered as one of the lightest folding wheelchairs in the market.
Merits' P113 YOYO foldable power wheelchair is for users who need to rely on power
wheelchairs for indoor, home and short trips. Not only is it lightweight and foldable,
it's also equipped with a detachable battery box. These features allow users to carry a
wheelchair on different kinds of transport vehicles.

Homecare service is also essential for seniors to understand and control body
conditions. Some of these innovative devices are now even able to become useful
tools for detecting COVID-19. iXensor’s portable and efficient device not only
provides telehealth services, but also makes significant improvements in community
care and rural health care. The PixoTest® POCT system shows results in only three
minutes. Now, iXensor aims to aid in the early detection of the virus and is undergoing
the necessary testing. Leadtek’s wireless fingertip oximeter, on the other hand, is a
very convenient all-in-one device that measures oxygen saturation and pulse rate. The
device comes with a full-colored OLED display and its battery can last more than 18
hours. Low blood oxygen is said to be a possible factor in COVID-19 suspects, and
the oximeter allows people to do a preliminary test at home.

All of these innovative and reliable products provide better care for users and enable
long-term care facilities to save time, costs and improve services. Taiwanese
companies are also confident in providing the best possible care for global users as the
older age group grows.

More information about the presented products:
https://sites.google.com/taitra.org.tw/taiwanexcellencemedicalexpress/smart-medical-
express/aging-wisely-with-trusty-healthcare

Contact:
CHUN-TSE WU
Director of Strategic Marketing Department
Taiwan External Trade Department
02-2725-5200 #1300
wuct@taitra.org.tw

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