SEOUL, Jan. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – The government has decided to expand a telemedicine system that is currently being tested.
According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the government will expand the region, size, and targets when it executes its third telemedicine system test run.
Prior to the third test run, the Ministry of Health and Welfare will announce the results of the second test run around January 27.
Ministry officials explain that they will expand the test areas to regions lacking medical services, and adopt telemedicine service models that serve the needs of the people living in those areas.
Jung Jin-yub, the Minister of Health and Welfare, visited the Armed Forces Medical Command (AFMC) in Seongnam and emphasized the importance of telemedicine.
Mentioning his experiences as an army surgeon, Minister Jung stated that getting medical treatment at the right time is a must in order to realize medical welfare for members of the military. “Telemedicine increases medical accessibility at military bases located on islands or near the DMZ, making it possible for everyone to get proper medical treatment at the right time,” he said.
Currently, the Ministry of National Defense is practicing telemedicine at 40 different locations after starting the service with two units in December 2014.
A telemedical team consisting of four medical officers is on standby at a medical emergency operations center at all times, offering the possibility for soldiers to be treated through telemedicine.
By Kevin Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)