Vietnamese team develops online medical imaging, consultation system

06:00 | 06/07/2021 Science - Technology

(VEN) - With the support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), iNext Technology is manufacturing equipment for online disease diagnosis. The Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) system is part of the ministry’s focus on development of high-tech industries.

vietnamese team develops online medical imaging consultation system

Operating a remote diagnosis and treatment system at Gia Dinh People's Hospital

The successful manufacturing of equipment facilitating disease diagnosis and treatment will save time and costs for hospitals and patients.

The project team successfully manufactured a video conferencing system to serve online consultations on ultrasound, X-ray, CT, MRI, and DSA (angiography) imaging. The system creates an online “meeting room” bringing together ultrasound, X-ray, CT and operating room facilities to help doctors communicate from remote locations via the internet.

vietnamese team develops online medical imaging consultation system

The virtual meeting room allows doctors to discuss cases and agree on the most suitable treatment plans. The video consultation system is also integrated with the PACS system (picture archiving and communication system), making it easier to digitize X-ray, CT, MRI, and ultrasound images.

Localization rate of 85 percent

The product has a localization rate as high as 85 percent, reducing its price to about one third of imported systems. The PACS system is protected by high security meeting international standards (ISO 12052: 2006), ensuring the ability to store image data for a long time or transfer it through a private secure channel. This also provides an important basis for building electronic medical records.

Currently, more and more patients are flocking to cities for examination and treatment, burdening state-owned hospitals, inconveniencing patients and their relatives, and affecting the quality of treatment.

To overcome the problem, the health sector has improved grassroots-level medical capacity and digitized patients’ medical histories, clinical symptoms, test results and diagnostic imaging data. However, the digitization and transmission of diagnostic imaging data has posed a major challenge due to the expense of imported DICOM systems, which are also not always compatible with conditions at Vietnamese hospitals. Therefore, the successful implementation of the project is of great significance. The newly developed domestic production capacity of the system is therefore of great benefit.

The iNext Technology Company has trained doctors, medical and technical staff at many hospitals like Gia Dinh People’s Hospital, the Medic Medical Center, Thong Nhat Hospital (Ho Chi Minh City), and Vinh City General Hospital (Nghe An Province) to operate the system.

With more than 1,000 hospitals and medical facilities in Vietnam, the need for remote examination and diagnostic imaging links is growing. Once successfully implemented, the project will help reduce costs and improve hospital management efficiency. The digitization of X-rays, CTs, MRIs, and ultrasound imaging is a vital part of electronic medical records.

Quynh Nga