Vietnamese army helps Lao counterpart improve telemedicine

Tuesday, 2018-07-24 10:15:23
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The signing ceremony in Vientiane on July 24 to mark the handing over of a Vietnamese supported telemedicine system that connects the Lao 103 Military Hospital with the Vietnamese 108 Military Central Hospital. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – A Vietnamese army supported telemedicine system was handed over to the Lao 103 Military Hospital in Vientiane on July 24, helping to connect the Lao facility with Vietnam’s 108 Military Central Hospital in Hanoi.

The expanded medical system is the second phase of a project implemented from December 2015 by the General Department of Logistics, under the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence, to support the Lao 103 Military Hospital.

The project has connected the operating, diagnostic and meeting rooms at the Lao hospital with the 108 Military Central Hospital in Hanoi for the exchange of specialised support.

The telemedicine system is the first of its kind in the 103 Hospital, as well as across Laos, to be supported by the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence. The system was designed and constructed under strict technical standards and is equipped with state-of-art medical instruments produced by major manufacturers around the world.

Since its launch in April 2016, the system has connected over 20 critical surgeries in the Lao hospital online, with direct support from professors and doctors at the Hanoi-based hospital, in addition to over 35 major national and international scientific seminars held at the 108 Military Central Hospital for doctors at the Lao 103 Military Hospital to update their knowledge remotely.

Doctors from Vietnam’s 108 Military Central Hospital assist their Lao counterparts in 103 Military Hospital to perform a gallstone surgery through the telemedicine system. (Photo: VNA)

Speaking at the ceremony, Major General Le Hong Dung, Deputy Head General of Vietnamese Ministry of Defence’s General Department of Logistics, emphasised that the extended telemedicine system would create favourable conditions for the 108 Hospital to continue its support and online technology transfer to the 103 medical facility in Laos.

Medical advances and experiences from professors and doctors at the Vietnamese army special hospital will facilitate the operation of its Lao counterpart, he stated, adding that the system is living proof of the special traditional solidarity friendship between the two countries.

Praising the effectiveness of the project, Major General Khampheth Sisanon, Deputy Head of the General Logistics Department under the Lao People’s Armed Forces, affirmed that it would not only enhance the close relationship between the two ministries of defence, but also help to improve the professionalism of the Lao 103 hospital, contributing significantly to the treatment and care of the Lao soldiers and people.

He proposed that the host hospital should work closely with its Vietnamese counterpart in order to develop rules and regulations to maximise the effectiveness of the system, while selecting qualified staff to exploit it.