Most of the stories covered on Future Healthcare Today focus on the applications of telehealth and telemedicine in the United States and Canada. However, every once in a while we come across an exciting story of telehealth in action from the other side of the world.
The remote province of Quang Ninh in Vietnam – which contends not only being physically remote from Vietnam’s population base, but also with a vast expense of territory characterized by mountainous terrain, and inland waterways to add to its sense of isolation. Moreover, with only one million residents inhabiting the 6,000 km that make up the province, it can be difficult for provincial residents to access quality healthcare. To help address these challenges and deliver better patient care, the Quang Ninh Department of Health created a sophisticated healthcare delivery system via a telehealth network that combined access to 24 hospitals and community healthcare centers.
The healthcare teams use video conference for meetings, training and mentoring, surgical guidance, as well as remote operations and other patient interactions – including follow-up care and initial consultations. The provision of day-to-day health services was just the first step, with sufficient training and familiarity with the tools of telemedicine Quang Ninh’s healthcare providers have been able to assist their colleagues and patients during the numerous weather-related natural disasters that are common in the province. By using video collaboration tools, medical teams are able to share protocols and communicate more effectively to ensure that the affected area receives appropriate support.
The end result is that many lives have been saved and budgets conserved while the level of medical care provided to the remote communities of Quang Ninh has improved significantly. In fact, by any objective measure the doctors, nurses, and administrators are now pioneers of telemedicine in remote regions.
Are you interested in learning more about Quang Ninh’s telemedicine program? You can download a case study here. If you’re interested in learning more about tech tools that enable collaborative endeavors like telehealth you can find more great resources at Workspace Today