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Response to COVID-19 in TaiwanBig Data Analytics, New Technology, and Proactive Testing

Educational Objective
Review how Taiwanese health care leaders adapted their processes to combat COVID-19
1 Credit CME

Taiwan is 81 miles off the coast of mainland China and was expected to have the second highest number of cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) due to its proximity to and number of flights between China.1 The country has 23 million citizens of which 850 000 reside in and 404 000 work in China.2,3 In 2019, 2.71 million visitors from the mainland traveled to Taiwan.4 As such, Taiwan has been on constant alert and ready to act on epidemics arising from China ever since the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic in 2003. Given the continual spread of COVID-19 around the world, understanding the action items that were implemented quickly in Taiwan and assessing the effectiveness of these actions in preventing a large-scale epidemic may be instructive for other countries.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: C. Jason Wang, MD, PhD, Stanford University, 117 Encina Commons, CHP/PCOR, Stanford, CA 94305 (cjwang1@stanford.edu).

Published Online: March 3, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.3151

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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Pan  T, Yeh  J. Number of Taiwanese working in China hits 10-year low. Focus Taiwan. Published December 17, 2019. Accessed February 21, 2020. https://focustaiwan.tw/business/201912170022
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Statistics on the number of Chinese people working overseas in 2018 [in Chinese]. News release. Directorate General of the Budget and Accounting; December 17, 2019. Accessed February 21, 2020. https://www.dgbas.gov.tw/public/Attachment/91217104242H1AK10HM.pdf
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Wang  S, Lin  K. Foreign visitors to Taiwan up 7% in 2019. Focus Taiwan. Published January 6, 2020. Accessed February 20, 2020. https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202001060014.
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NHCC [National Health Command Center]. Taiwan Centers for Disease Control. Updated February 1, 2018. Accessed February 22, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Category/MPage/gL7-bARtHyNdrDq882pJ9Q
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