USTH gives a go-ahead to telemedicine
By: Katherine Babaran, December 6, 2013

Perceiving the importance of providing healthcare at a “distance,” the University of Santo Tomas Hospital (USTH) favored a three (3)-day telemedicine session, assisted by the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET), from 28 to 30 November 2013 at the Benavides Cancer Institute Auditorium.

The telemedicine session titled, “Microscopic and Endoscopic Temporal Bone Postgraduate Course with Live Surgery” was organized by the USTH Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. The activity aimed to gather foreign and local experts to further medical education by sharing knowledge and skills in said sub-specialty.

Among the foreign experts invited to demonstrate and discuss live surgeries were Dr. Brian Westerberg, Otolaryngology Surgeon in Vancouver, Canada; Dr. David Pothier, Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Univeristy of Toronto; and Dr. William Slattery, an ENT-Otolaryngologist in California, United States of America.  The event was attended not only by resident doctors of the USTH but also, various otolaryngologists in Metro Manila.

Prior to the event, several test broadcasts were conducted by the PREGINET Team. “We conducted test broadcasts as early as January 2013, to ensure the success of the event. We are glad that the event was indeed fruitful,” said PREGINET Multimedia Engineer, Alvin M. de Gracia.

Telemedicine has always been linked with information and communications technology. It has a significant role in progressing medical education, by letting different doctors and medical specialists across the globe, to discuss and deliver “real-time” medicine. Subject technology is one of those assisted by the PREGINET, the only research and education network in the Philippines, handled by the Department of Science and Technology – Advanced Science and Technology Institute.