Vietnam’s Ministry of Health announced at the end of September that the launch of 1,000 healthcare facilities equipped with telehealth centers, marking an important milestone in the sector’s digital transformation path.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addressed the launch ceremony and said that with the launch that, “The Ministry of Health is materializing Vietnam's digital transformation program. This is an important and significant platform with a vision towards better protecting of people and improving healthcare services.”
Nguyen Thanh Long, the Acting Minister of Health, noted that because of the effects of the Govid-19 on the country that 2020 has been a challenging year for the healthcare sector and the whole country. Nguyen said that: “So far, the country has exerted strong control over the pandemic. During this period, the country has been developing new models in diagnosis and treatment, as well as the prevention and fight against the deadly virus, with telehealth contributing a great deal to quickly extending quality healthcare services.”
While developing the 1,000-telehealth units, there were multiple goals that included the quantity of the telehealth units that could be deployed, along with issues related the quality of diagnosis and treatment.
The primary goal of the telehealth system is not related to only technologies and applications, but the government wants to transform the healthcare sector so that people in rural areas across the country, along with people in first and second tier cities can have access to quality healthcare services so that the “gap” in services due to the different locations of doctors and patients can be overcome.
As next steps in digital healthcare, the government plans to work with the healthcare sector to develop an active healthcare network that gathers doctors, healthcare professionals and healthcare service providers on a nationwide basis, so that experiences and knowledge can be exchanged so that the government can ultimately provide better healthcare services to its citizens.