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[Webinar] Medical Tourism in the COVID-19 Era

2020.08.11

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August 11, 2020 – The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) hosted a webinar on August 11 with the theme “Medical Tourism in the COVID-19 Era". The guest speakers were Prof. Joong H. Choh and Wonjae Lee from Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH) and Karen Timmons, CEO of Global Healthcare Association (GHA) Program with Prof. Sung Hee Choi of SNUBH as the moderator.

 

 

 

About the Speaker

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Joong H. Choh, Medical Director, Physician in Chief, International Health Care Center, Clinical Professor, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital
Topic : Medical Tourism Reactivation, Goals & Strategy in Korea

Dr. Choh has been a cardiothoracic surgeon with training and practice background both in USA and South Korea until 2015 when he took the current position at his Alma Mater. He is board certified in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery in both countries.
Over 35 years he maintained an active cardiovascular surgical practice in Chicago area with leadership roles including the Department Chair, the co-chair of Cardiovascular Division at Advocate Sherman Hospital System, in Elgin, Illinois and the managing partner of Northern Illinois Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates.
Between 2003-2005, he served as the founding Medical Director of Cardiovascular Center of the new Seoul National University Bundang Hospital during its early phase.
His area of main interest has been clinical coronary artery bypass surgery, quality improvement in management of CV disease in general, and more recently global health care issues.

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Wonjae Lee, Assistant Professor, International Healthcare Center, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital
Topic : Hospital Preparedness in Korea, SNUBH Experience

Professor Lee Wonjae is an attending physician at International Healthcare Center in SNUBH. He is an interventional cardiologist specialized in coronary intervention and pulmonary artery intervention. He graduated from Seoul National University, School of Medicine, and trained in Seoul National University Hospital. He also graduated Fuqua School of Business, Duke University for his MBA.

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Karen Timmons, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Healthcare Accreditation® (GHA) Program
Topic : The “New” Normal for Medical Travel Programs in our Covid-19 era

Karen Timmons, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Healthcare Accreditation® (GHA) Program, leads an innovative and inaugural healthcare accreditation program designed specifically for healthcare organizations seeking to elevate the quality, patient experience, and excellence of care provided to medical travel, medical tourism and/or international patients. The program focuses specifically on an organization’s Medical Travel Care Continuum, encompassing the entire pathway of medical travel, as well as setting high expectations for transparency and cultural sensitivity. GHA’s Standards for Medical Travel Services were accredited in 2019 by the International Society for Quality in Health Care’s IEAA Program, thereby providing assurance to patients, insurers, ministries of health, and other stakeholders that an organisation’s medical travel services have undergone a rigorous evaluation against the highest international benchmarks for accreditation entities and are focused on both international best practices in medical travel and continuous improvement.”

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Webinar Brief

With the spread of COVID-19, the world is facing an unprecedented economic, social and political crisis. Medical tourism sector in Korea is no exception. Longstanding healthcare disparity,however, between different countries & ethnic groups emerged more vividly during this pandemic and calls for international cooperation and new role of medical tourism.

Responding to the challenges & the obligation of Korean medical tourism in the COVID-19 era, we will address the new issues Korean healthcare sectors need to prepare and discuss future plans.

The webinar was moderated by Sung Hee Choi, M.D., Ph.D., Professor & Chief of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Internal Medicine, Seoul National University, SNUBH, Chairperson of International Liaison, Korea Diabetes Association​.

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