ASTI-PREGINET, UP-PGH and VMMC to attend the 5th Asia Telemedicine Symposium
By: Katherine Babaran, December 15, 2011

participants of the 5th Asia Telemedicine SymposiumThe Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET), UP-Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) will attend the 5th Asia Telemedicne Symposium (ATS 2011) to be held at the Telemedicine Development Center of Asia (TEMDEC), Kyushu University Hospital in Fukuoka, Japan on 16-17 December 2011.

The symposium, themed “New Technology – New Challenge,” aims to systematically spread the new telemedicine system, which utilizes high-level IT technology. Said system is made to expose young doctors to a new medical knowledge and demonstrate the advanced surgical skills with ease over a geographical distance.

The PREGINET Team of the DOST-ASTI, is expected to give updates on its recent and future activities. Meanwhile, the VMMC and UP-PGH will impart experiences and best practices on their telemedicine activities, as well as their future plans.

The VMMC and UP-PGH’s participation

The VMMC will be represented by Dr. June T. Mendiola, Head of Department of Ophthalmology. Mendiola will discuss the “Application of Telemedicine in an Ophthalmology Phacoemulsification Conference (PhacoCon) in the Philippines.” The PhacoCon telemedicine, which was tagged as the very first eye telemedicine, was conducted last 26 October 2011, and was participated in by different eye doctors in Metro Manila. The conference also had a three (3)-way inter-hospital communication among the VMMC, the Philippine Heart Center and the Kyushu University Hospital.

The VMMC wanted to contribute to the Philippine ophthalmology community by sharing the possible advantages of telemedicine. The Medical Center applied telemedicine to PhacoCon to explore its potential in improving the delivery of surgical knowledge to a physician’s training in ophthalmology through inter-hospital conferences. Further, the ability to demonstrate live feeds has potential to contribute to alternative surgical education for ophthalmic surgeons.

The UP-PGH will be represented by Dr. Serafin C. Hilvano, Chief of the Department of Surgery. Hilvano will give a talk on “The Role of Information Technology in Present Day Surgery.”