Under as a memorandum of understanding, KT and Medi Plus Solution would jointly develop non-face-to-face patient management services, verify services through local medical institutions, and expand telemedicine services for Vietnamese cancer patients. Medi Plus Solution operates personalized and customized health care solutions for cancer patients.
KT would supplement the follow-up management of surgery, which may be insufficient with a relatively short hospitalization period, by using a non-face-to-face telemedicine platform. In April 2022, the telecom company partnered with a medical school in Hanoi to carry out the proof of concept (PoC) demonstration of a remote medical service platform for patients with chronic diseases.
Through telemedicine services, doctors can provide healthcare for patients living in remote areas. Using phone or internet networks, they can diagnose patients and access medical records. Based on fast mobile communication networks, South Korean companies have tried to develop solutions for digital healthcare and telemedicine, but tight regulations and opposition from town hospitals have delayed the introduction of telehealth services.
"With this collaboration with KT, we will complete an innovative model of non-face-to-face patient management services that were limited by regulations in South Korea and become a global technology company that provides integrated healthcare solutions to the Vietnamese medical market through localization," Medi Plus Solution CEO Bae Yoon-jung said in a statement on July 20.
KT said it would expand its overseas business by creating a successful telemedicine case in Southeast Asia. "Vietnam has a high need for improvement in the medical and healthcare sectors due to a lack of medical infrastructure," said Song Jae-ho, head of KT's AI and digital transformation convergence business division.
"We will accelerate the development of remote care services for cancer patients in Vietnam through cooperation with Medi Plus Solution," Song said. In May, KT tied up with HurayPositive, a domestic digital healthcare company, to popularize its remote medical service in Vietnam where many patients suffer from diabetes.
HurayPositive has worked with South Korean hospitals to develop digital treatment medical devices that can be used to change the lifestyle and habits of patients using virtual reality headsets and smartphones. About 5.5 percent of Vietnamese people aged from 20 to 79 have diabetes and 14 percent of the total population is prediabetic. KT’s telemedicine platform will focus on diabetes management.
KT will gradually expand its service to manage other chronic diseases such as high blood pressure. An artificial intelligence-based medical solution will be developed for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and a self-care guide will be provided for diabetes and high blood pressure patients.
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