Gastric Cancer expert Yao Fang Lu MD, Associate Professor Department of Gastroenterology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) in Beijing China says demand for remote education system is on the rise among teaching hospitals.

“Remote teleconference has obvious advantages as compared to traditional meetings which meets the demands of increasing communication of endoscopists, pathologists and surgeons,” said Fang in her paper presented at the at the 8th Asia Telemedicine Symposium, Fukuoka, Japan.

A joint research project of establishing remote education system for endoscopic cancer detection of early gastric cancer  between Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) and Kyushu University Hospital has  benefitted from high speed Asian R&E network that has enabled the hospital to conduct 14 teleconferences since 2010, according to Fang.

Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical management. It offers huge benefits for Africa as it reduces huge costs of travel that impede medical collaborations for the continent’s health practitioners, policy-makers and researchers who are usually very busy. Pic courtesy of AARNET

 

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