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Medical Technology in the Current Geopolitics: Competition, Collaboration, and Technology Transfer

LOCATION : The Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University
Date : 24 January 2024


In an age of rapid technological change and shifting geopolitical landscapes, a critical question arises: How are these forces reshaping the field of medical imaging? This site visit will delve into these dynamics, explicitly focusing on the East-West powerplay and its impact on medical technology in developing countries, including Thailand.

We will examine the geopolitical dynamics in medical imaging, particularly the influence of Asia's population density and economic growth on the global medical imaging market. Key questions include: What roles do these factors play in fostering competition and innovation in healthcare technology? Moreover, how is the intensifying rivalry between major powers like the United States and China affecting the development and global distribution of medical imaging technologies? We aim to uncover the broader implications of this rivalry for technological advancement and market competition.

Questions for Discussions

During the site visit, we will prompt discussions among global health practitioners on various issues:

  • How should high-income countries in regions like Europe and North America approach partnerships to foster technological growth?
  • How does global competition impact technology development and healthcare outcomes in low- and middle-income countries?
  • How does reliance on imported technologies affect healthcare systems in these regions?
  • What are the broader implications of these geopolitical dynamics for global healthcare, particularly regarding technological transfer, market equity, and data security?
  • Conclusion and Practical Insights at Ramathibodi Hospital

The discussion will culminate with a visit to The Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University. Here, participants will gain firsthand insights into how a leading medical institution navigates the complex interplay of collaboration and competition in adopting and transferring imaging technology amidst current geopolitical tensions. The focus will be on understanding the strategies employed by Ramathibodi Hospital in managing these challenges and what lessons can be learned from their experiences in technology adoption and transfer.