Vietnam is a country of nearly 90 million people with a growing economy. Yet, as the World Health Organization reports, Vietnam still lags the region both in income and in expenditure on medical care. The lack of medical resources is compounded because most Vietnamese live in rural areas, where medical facilities are less available. According to the Ministry of Health – “four-fifths of health care needs in Vietnam are from rural areas, while provincial and communal health centers lack skilled human resources.” Moreover, the hospitals are overcrowded and trained medical personal are scarce.
Telemedicine has great potential in this environment, so AMD has partnered with ELINCO - a Vietnamese IT and telecommunications organization. ELINCO will integrate devices such as AMD high resolution exam cameras and ophthalmoscopes with its new AGNES™ 3.0 telemedicine portal. According to ELINCO project director, Do Phi Long, “telemedicine is among the top priorities to deal with the overcrowding and poor health service in hospitals and to fulfill the mission of soldiers’ health at seas, in islands, and on mountainous areas…” ELINCO has begun by building a telemedicine system for military hospitals and systems for Vietnam’s Health Ministry.
As AMD Vice President Dan McCafferty observes, “Vietnam now joins the company of many other similar nations who are adopting telemedicine as one of the solutions to their health care issues. We applaud the initiative of ELINCO as they are on track to significantly help the people of Vietnam. Lastly, I would add that in our estimation they have made the right technical decisions with AGNES as the infrastructure to deploy to execute their telemedicine consults.” As ELINCO develops its telemedicine projects, it plans to expand to the neighboring countries of Laos and Cambodia.
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