Manila, Philippines – The University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) and the Metropolitan Hospital, through the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET), took part in the medical working group’s telemedicine sessions of the Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), which is part of the 30th APAN meeting held last 13 August 2010.
Telemedicine is among APAN’s initiatives in promoting collaborative medical activities across Asia and the Pacific.
UP Manila and the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Session
A telemedicine session, which the UPM participated in, focused on maternal-fetal medicine. Subject activity was part of the Asian doctors’ steps in adopting Fetal Medicine to improve prenatal outcomes through medical and surgical management.
“Maternal-fetal medicine can eliminate congenital defects from the child like congenital defects in utero and the heart and prevent high-risk pregnancy,” said Dr. Serafin C. Hilvano, Chair of UP-Philippine General Hospital (PGH) – Department of Surgery.
The UP-PGH has been participating in APAN’s telemedicine sessions since 2007. “Through telemedicine, we are able to learn experiences from other university hospitals and adopt some, which may be applicable to our institution,” said Hilvano.
Hilvano further mentioned that although big hospitals in the country have not really gotten into Fetal Medicine, there are plans and activities to promote it.
Aside from the UP Manila, international universities and medical institutions, including the National Center for Child Health and Development (NCCHD) (Tokyo, Japan), National Taiwan University Hospital, National University Hospital of Singapore, University of Hong Kong and SNU Bundang Hospital (Korea), likewise participated is said session.
The Metropolitan Hospital and the Technology Session
The Metropolitan Hospital took part in the technology session meant for the participants to try out different videoconferencing systems. Mr. Manuel Umali, Metropolitan Hospital’s technical administrator, chose JoinNet, a cost-effective videoconferencing tool, which requires low bandwidth (10-25 KB minimally), yet provides a better video resolution.
Aside from the Metropolitan Hospital, the Changi General Hospital (Singapore), Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Malaysia) and University Malaysia Sabah joined in APAN’s Technology Session.
Medical Conferencing, PREGINET & APAN
Telemedicine plays a significant role for a continuous medical education. This communication technology enables meetings of different doctors and medical specialists across the globe, to deliver “real-time medicine.”
It is one of the activities assisted by the PREGINET, the only research and education network in the Philippines and one of the projects of the Advanced Science and Technology Institute, a research and development agency attached to the Department of Science and Technology.