SEOUL — South Korea’s top telecom company KT has partnered with a medical school in Hanoi to jointly develop a remote medical service platform for patients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The partnership will become KT’s bridgehead into Vietnam’s telemedicine service market which is projected to grow at an annual rate of about 16 percent.
Telemedicine services are based on the internet or phone networks. Doctors can remotely diagnose patients by directly speaking to them and accessing their medical records. The remote medical service is useful for providing healthcare for patients living in remote areas such as on an island or in the mountains where access to hospitals and professional medical services is limited.
KT has signed a cooperation agreement with Hanoi Medical University to carry out the proof of concept (PoC) demonstration of a telemedicine service. The service will include a self-care guide for diabetes and high blood pressure patients so that they can monitor their status and the daily intake of their medicines. The two sides would jointly develop an artificial intelligence-based medical solution for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
KT said the telemedicine test platform would be released in 2022. “We will develop differentiated healthcare solutions and become the pioneer in the market by utilizing businesses based on our forward base in Vietnam,” KT’s AI and digital transformation convergence business division vice president Song Jae-ho said in a statement on April 13.
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