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VOV launches smart phone application for medical consultations

Update: September, 28/2017 - 17:50
The apps – VOV-Doctor24 for doctors and VOV-Bacsi24 for patients – are video calling apps for IOS, Android and Windows that allow patients to receive remote consultations. — Photo vtc.vn
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The broadcaster Voice of Việt Nam (VOV) yesterday launched two applications that allow smart phone users to register to get consultations from doctors online.

The apps – VOV-Doctor24 for doctors and VOV-Bacsi24 for patients – are video calling apps for IOS, Android and Windows. Doctors who register to offer online consultation must have legal medical practice licences. People can pay for the consultation via phone cards, online banking or credit cards. They can also listen to the doctor’s advice over and over again, as the apps automatically record the sessions.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, VOV General Director Nguyễn Thế Kỷ said that the apps were developed to help people deal with problems in the healthcare sector in Việt Nam, such as overcrowded hospitals and the difficulty rural people face in getting to far-flung hospitals for care.

He said that the apps are expected to connect healthcare providers and patients both in the country and overseas.

Minister of Health Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến said that the apps could help meet demand for medical consultation from people living in remote areas in Việt Nam or overseas.

The apps are expected to help save time and costs, she said, adding that the ministry was willing to co-operate with VOV to engage doctors and hospitals to join online consultations. — VNS

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