Recognizing a medium for a fast transfer of medical information, the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) tried a telemedicine session offered by the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET), on May 19, 2011 at the VMMC Valdes Hall.
Said session, which specifically focused on Ophthalmology, was attended by the Head of the VMMC – Department of Ophthalmology, Dr. June T. Mendiola, as well as other VMMC senior and junior ophthalmologists. According to PREGINET Project Leader Bayani Benjamin R. Lara, the testings of Digital Video Transport System at the VMMC was a success. He further quoted Dr. Mendiola for expressing that the video quality was good.
Telemedicine plays a significant role in a continuing medical education, by allowing different doctors and medical specialists across the globe, to meet and deliver “real-time medicine.” This technology is just of those assisted by the PREGINET, which serves as the only research and education network in the Philippines, handled by the DOST-ASTI.
The VMMC was built as a gift of American people to the Philippines. It was a token of gratitude to Filipino soldiers, who helped them during World War II. To date, the VMMC offers a variety of medical services, which include dental medicine, internal medicine, orthopaedics and orto-rhinolaryngology, among others.