Recognizing the importance of telemedicine as a medium for fast transfer of medical information, the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) became the newest partner of the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET).
“We recognize the use of telehealth, with the help of the DOST people, in the future [activities] without moving from one place to another. We can stay in our respective hospitals or even in our respective homes through live streaming or video conferencing and continue discussing things without the need to travel,” said Dr. June Mendiola, VMMC Ophthalmology Department Head.
The VMMC worked closely with the PREGINET Team right after the two (2) PREGINET-assisted telemedicine sessions in 2011 to achieve its physical connection. Its first telemedicine session, which focused on an eye surgery, was held on 19 May 2011 and attended by VMMC’s senior and junior ophthalmologists.
Due to success of the digital video transport system tests during its first telemedicine session, the VMMC, being the host of the Phacoemulsification Conference 2011, tapped PREGINET once more, to assist them in setting up videoconferencing and video streaming facilities for said activity. With this first eye surgery telehealth in the country, the VMMC resident eye doctors appreciated the help of PREGINET in providing equipment and expertise for subject event.
Telemedicine uses various technologies like telephones, satellite technology and videoconferencing facility to remotely consult with specialists or diagnose patients. This has an important role in continuous medical education by allowing different doctors and medical specialist across the globe to meet and deliver real-time medicine.
Telemedicine is just one of those technologies assisted by the PREGINET, which serves as the only research and education network in the Philippines, handled by the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute.