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ISSTA President Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang Proposed Sleep and Health Technology Agenda in APEC SOM III and HWG Meeting in Vietnam




This week, Prof. Dr. med. Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang, President of ISSTA ( is in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam for the APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) III with 2nd Health Working Group meeting. Yesterday, Dr. Chiang, a delegate from Chinese Taipei, hosted a project presentation with the following title “APEC Conference on Sustaining a Healthy Asia-Pacific by Adopting the Health Innovative Technology to Reduce Non-Communicable Diseases” as the first step of APEC Sleep Technology Agenda. In the presentation, Dr. Chiang discussed how APEC can work to reduce NCDs by adopting health innovative technology, especially the most influential sleep health technology, to reduce health cost, to increase national productivity, and to promote public safety in Asia-Pacific Regions (APR).


In a room filled with government health officials from all APEC economies, the ISSTA President stated that the goal of this project is to promote the sleep and health related technology industry and to foster sustainable innovative and inclusive economic growth and shared interests among the APEC economies.


If this project could be approved by APEC, we plan to organize this APEC Conference around March 21st, 2019 which is annual World Sleep Day. All 21 APEC member economies could be directly or indirectly benefited from all of the output from the activities and the framework established. Stakeholders include governments, organizations, companies, especially micro, small and median enterprises (MSME), research institutes in the sleep and health fields.


Since the sleep technology field is still relatively new, it is paramount to educate and to have a dialogue about how sleep technology research can benefit economies and societies around the world. By hosting this presentation, Dr. Chiang was able to deliver key information to the health administrative leaders, had constructive dialogues, and engaged with health administrators from APEC economies to facilitate a common understanding and to foster sustainable innovative and inclusive economic growth and shared interests among the APEC economies.


The attached photo shows Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam, the host city for the APEC SOM III this year. For Vietnam, there is a lot of pride in hosting a successful APEC meeting and to showcase the country and their efforts to grow, develop and impact regional trade and politics.


This photo shows the construction in HCM city and in Vietnam. As a developing APEC economy, it is imperative to discuss the opportunities and benefits of sleep technology to promote public safety. Dr. Chiang has been able to be a leader in this discussion this week at the APEC Health Working Group. Dr. Chiang and ISSTA will continue their efforts to facilitate conversations amongst Medical Professionals, Industry Professionals and Government Officials to further the sleep technology field and to promote public health and safety around the world.

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