APAN telemedicine exec visit PH to boost collaboration
By: Katherine Babaran, January 21, 2015

IMG_20150120_120712Telemedicine has become an important element in the delivery of real time treatment or medication to patients. In fact, a number of hospitals, both local and international, are embracing telemedicine technologies in bridging the doctor-patient divide.

To forge partnerships and boost collaboration, Dr. Shuji Shimizu, director of the Telemedicine Development Center of Asia and chairman of the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) Medical Working Group, as well as other APAN delegates visited the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), St. Luke’s Medical Center and National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) on 20 January 2015.

“Telemedicine in the Philippines has been available for local use for several years, already. We are glad that Dr. Shimizu visited some hospitals in the country to promote collaboration,” said Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET) Technical Head Bayani Benjamin Lara.

Shimizu was accompanied by Lara during his hospital visits. Shimizu provided a lecture on the benefits of telemedicine, while Lara gave a lecture on its technical aspects.

“Telemedicine is an evolution of current technology which is something as simple as using Skype or webcams at Yahoo Messenger, but the difference is, it is conducted in a research network to have a high definition of videos,” said Lara.

Lara said that telemedicine is conducted in a virtual private network, which secures communication and transmission in and out of an intranet.

Telemedicine is just one of those assisted by PREGINET, a research and education network managed the Department of Science and Technology Institute – Advanced Science and Technology Institute.

PREGINET is a partner of APAN, which broadcasts high definition telemedicine sessions. APAN continuously promotes joint medical activities and effective medical information exchange in the Asia Pacific region.