AMD Global Telemedicine Helps to Improve Health Care in Vietnam

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The developing nation of Vietnam lacks resources, personnel, and infrastructure to deliver enough health services - especially to the 70% of the population living in rural areas. Telemedicine offers a way to reach more patients with fewer resources.

The demand in distant diagnosis and treatment is growing because hospitals in Vietnam have been seriously overcrowded.
- Do Phi Long

Vietnam is a country of nearly 90 million people with a growing economy. Yet, as the World Health Organization reports, Vietnam still lags the region both in income and in expenditure on medical care. The lack of medical resources is compounded because most Vietnamese live in rural areas, where medical facilities are less available. According to the Ministry of Health – “four-fifths of health care needs in Vietnam are from rural areas, while provincial and communal health centers lack skilled human resources.” Moreover, the hospitals are overcrowded and trained medical personal are scarce.

Telemedicine has great potential in this environment, so AMD has partnered with ELINCO - a Vietnamese IT and telecommunications organization. ELINCO will integrate devices such as AMD high resolution exam cameras and ophthalmoscopes with its new AGNES™ 3.0 telemedicine portal.

According to ELINCO project director, Do Phi Long, “telemedicine is among the top priorities to deal with the overcrowding and poor health service in hospitals and to fulfill the mission of soldiers’ health at seas, in islands, and on mountainous areas…” ELINCO has begun by building a telemedicine system for military hospitals and systems for Vietnam’s Health Ministry.

As AMD Vice President Dan McCafferty observes, “Vietnam now joins the company of many other similar nations who are adopting telemedicine as one of the solutions to their health care issues. We applaud the initiative of ELINCO as they are on track to significantly help the people of Vietnam. Lastly, I would add that in our estimation they have made the right technical decisions with AGNES as the infrastructure to deploy to execute their telemedicine consults.”

As ELINCO develops its telemedicine projects, it plans to expand to the neighboring countries of Laos and Cambodia.

About AMD:
About AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc.
AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc. is a Telemedicine Encounter Management Systems company (TEMS™) and the worldwide leading supplier of telemedicine technology, devices, and application software for both live telemedicine and deferred consultations. AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc. offers the market’s preeminent diagnostic medical devices and tConsult™ Encounter Management Software that is equipped with device management, case creation, work flow and archival. AMD has over 6,800 installations in 86 countries and delivers solution design, turnkey installation, and training for telemedicine programs across the globe. For more information on AMD Global Telemedicine, please visit or call 866-449-8210.

ELINCO is a company affiliated with the Defense Ministry of Vietnam. It provides IT and telecommunications services to military and government hospitals. It has been involved with video conferencing related to telemedicine since 2008.

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