Saturday, 21 December 2013

PLA leads the way on telemedicine in China

Medical experts of the General Hospital of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) held a joint consultation with the medical workers on the “Peace Ark” hospital ship of the PLA Navy, which is on the mission of treating typhoon victims in the Philippines, and offered diagnosis and treatment plans for victims via a telemedicine system on December 6, 2013.
The success of the joint consultation marks that the PLA has had the capability of holding ultra-long-distance medical consultations overseas and long-distance medical consultations during maritime mobile operations, an expert said. The PLA General Hospital is China’s first hospital to offer telemedicine service.

After 17-year-long development, the hospital has ranked first in China in terms of number of long-distance consultations and interconnected sites. The PLA General Hospital has established the only telemedicine discipline in China, and it has offered 1,300-odd military and civilian hospitals all-weather telemedicine services, making medical experts’ services available to soldiers and civilians at border sentry posts and on islands. By now, the hospital has held 20,000-odd long-distance medical consultations and treated 1,870 military and civilian patients with serious and difficult diseases, with the success rate up to 98.8 percent.
Source: Chinamil

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