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KKU Datathon: HealthTech for Aging


KKU Datathon is organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Khon Kaen University, and MIT Critical Data. This project aims to develop innovation in long-term care for the elderly as a result of an increasing number of elderly population who cannot take care of themselves. This is the first time in Thailand that this event was organized to support model innovation for startup businesses in elderly care with a proper environment based on efficient way of life, using technology and big data. The workshop is an international collaboration supported by MIT Critical Data and Harvard Medical School from the United States of America. It was held between September 16 and 18, 2018 at Mitraphap Conference Room, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University.

Associate Professor Charnchai Panthongviriyakul – Dean of the Faculty of Medicine gave his welcoming remarks and revealed that the number of 60 year olds in the world population is dramatically increasing, affecting health care systems. Therefore, applying technology in healthcare data analysis would be useful to efficiently develop elderly care in the near future.

    On this special occasion, Associate Professor Dr. Nawarat Wara-Aswapati Charoen – Vice President for International Affairs presided over the opening ceremony. “Khon Kaen University, the oldest and largest university in the Northeast region, has been providing academic knowledge to students and personnel for more than 55 years, to serve the community, effecting many changes in every aspect. The Faculty of Medicine aims to be a patient care leader in the Mekong sub-region by applying technology in data analytics to support healthcare management. Based on KKU policy, the Faculty of Medicine is going to be a smart medical hub which uses technology to serve the Thai and Mekong sub-region population”
said Dr. Nawarat.

    More than 250 participants including students, personnel, faculty members, and researchers joined lectures and workshops aimed at innovation in the development of health care for the elderly.