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Another hospital in Ho Chi Minh City offers telehealth service

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 19:15 GMT+7
Another hospital in Ho Chi Minh City offers telehealth service
Dr. Nguyen Tri Thuc (standing), director of Cho Ray Hospital, speaks at the opening ceremony of its telehealth center in Ho Chi Minh City on September 23, 2020. Photo: Hoang Loc / Tuoi Tre

Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday officially put into operation its Remote Medical Consultation and Examination Center, becoming the latest hospital in the city to offer telehealth services.

The center is part of the Ministry of Health’s telehealth project for the 2020-25 period in collaboration with the Viettel Business Solutions Corporation.

According to Dr. Nguyen Tri Thuc, Cho Ray Hospital’s director, the telehealth center connects with more than 300 other facilities nationwide. 

With the tetehealth services, health workers at Cho Ray Hospital can provide virtual consultation whenever their peers in grassroots-level hospitals across Vietnam require assistance in difficult cases.

Dr. Thuc said that the inauguration of the telehealth center not only brings many benefits to remote patients in emergency situations but also helps save time and cost of medical treatment for both the patients and the hospital, which receives nearly 10,000 patients every day.

The center also contributes to improving the quality of treatment for grassroots-level hospitals, increasing opportunities for patients in remote areas to access modern techniques and methods in diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Thuc added.

At the opening ceremony, Cho Ray Hospital provided consultation for treatment of three patients at medical clinics in Con Dao District off the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, the southernmost province of Ca Mau, and the south-central province of Binh Dinh.

The health ministry, together with the Viettel Business Solutions Corporation, has so far connected 26 hospitals with 1,045 other hospitals and medical facilities in the country, according to Dr. Cao Hung Thai, deputy head of the Medical Examination and Treatment Department under the health ministry.

Before Cho Ray Hospital, the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital, the University Medical Center Ho Chi Minh City, and the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases had also offered telehealth services in the southern metropolis.

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