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Information on departures/transits to high-risk areas is now included in the travel history notification list, thus effectively closing gaps in disease prevention

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (also known as the Wuhan virus), the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) expands the scope of the travel history notification list in accordance with the instructions from Vice Premier Chen Chi-Mai of the Executive Yuan and Minister Chen Shih-Chung of the Ministry of Health and Welfare. The NHI MediCloud System, a platform that most medical professionals are familiar with, has been designated to develop a new function to provide information on the travel history and exposure history of people who seek medical attention. The system will not disclose any other personal data. This information will help medical workers on the frontlines determine the risk of disease and take relevant infection control measures. The NHIA only took 2 days to set up this function, using the list of people who entered Taiwan from Hubei Province over the past 14 days, which was provided by the National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Interior. 
In response to the updated policies of disease prevention by the Central Epidemic Command Center, travelers who fly to high-risk areas (including China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, and Thailand) but return to Taiwan from non-high-risk areas are included in the NHI MediCloud System as well, making the travel history notification list more comprehensive. This added notification on the system will close a possible gap in disease prevention and help doctors effectively keep track of people returning from high-risk areas. 
The NHIA stated that the function on the system, which includes a list of the names of travelers returning from third countries, will help close a possible gap in disease prevention. The coronavirus outbreak is currently extremely severe in China, and its neighboring countries and regions are also affected by the outbreaks. Therefore, it is essential to keep track of people’s travel history and transit information; furthermore, travelers have a duty to proactively disclose their travel history to the authorities. The NHIA would also remind healthcare institutions and frontline doctors to ask patients with respiratory symptoms about their travel history, and calls upon the people to not conceal their travel history in high-risk areas.  
We must bear in mind that containing the outbreak and protecting our homeland depend on each one of us. 

  • Date:2020-02-16