The technical implementation of the Telemedicine Program began on 15.11.2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam, for the KfW-funded project ‘Decentralised Health Care Systems Telemedicine Project at Viet Duc Hospital to Provincial Hospitals’. As a pilot project, it is intended to connect 6 hospitals of various levels in Thanh Hoa and Yen Bai Provinces to the Viet Duc University Hospital (VDUH) in Hanoi. With a total value of 8.6m EUR, the project intends to build upon the experience that VDUH has already gained through a telemedicine Satellite Programme established recently.

 EPOS Health Management, in cooperation with the International Virtual E-Hospital (IVeH) and Mediconsult Vietnam, will over the next 5 years assist VDUH to enable the 6 participating hospitals to extend their services through the use of a telemedicine network which will allow quality-assured expansion of services in the areas of surgery, trauma and emergency care. In particular tele-consultation, tele-examination, tele-training, tele-radiology, tele-surgery, tele-monitoring, and tele-case conferences will be established, including provision of relevant HMIS, PACS, and a telemedicine platform.  The project is unique in terms of being the first such project to use the process of Systemic Procurement to ensure the provision of comprehensive, trouble-free services.

 The project kick-off meeting took place on 30.11.2016 in Hanoi, bringing together representatives of VHUD, the 6 participating hospitals, KfW Development Bank, the Ministry of Health, and GIZ Hanoi. The EPOS team is led by Mr Michael Weinhara with procurement advice from Mr Pieter Riemersma, while IveH is represented by Prof. Dr. Rifat Latifi and Mr Flamur Bekteshi. Milena Beyene-Kuehnl, EPOS HQ manager of the project, joined the team for the kick-off.