An overview and approaches of the sector’s digital transformation will be high on the agenda of the eHealth Vietnam Summit 2020, scheduled for December 29-30 in Hanoi, organizers said in a statement posted on the event’s website.
Remote healthcare consultation and support have become critically important this year when travels are restricted and hospitals face huge challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Transforming the future of healthcare in Vietnam
Vietnam, which has been praised by the international community for its success in containing the coronavirus outbreaks, has established Telehealth, a network aimed at connecting some 14,000 health facilities nationwide and linking them with other countries in the medical field, part of the nation’s digital transformation program toward 2025, with a vision to 2030.
The network will allow people around the nation to access medical services and receive consultation and treatment by doctors from higher-level hospitals remotely, which will in turn reduce patient congestion at the central hospitals, said a report shared on the Ministry of Health’s website in September.
By late September 2020, the network had connected 1,000 medical examination and treatment facilities with nearly 30 key hospitals in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the ministry said.
In late November, the ministry required all hospitals in the country to get connected to the network for treatment, practice sharing, and learning.
Given Vietnam’s strong call for digital transformation this year, Abbott, the Chicago-based company having been on the forefront of innovation for more than 130 years, has continuously brought life-changing technologies and breakthroughs in diagnostics, medical devices, medicines, and nutrition to Vietnam.
This demonstrates the company’s long-standing commitment as a strategic partner to shape the future of healthcare in Vietnam and in the region.
In order to raise speed, efficiency, and accuracy to ensure faster diagnosis and treatment in place for patients, Abbott has brought in Alinity, a family of systems that reinvents the way diagnostic laboratories work by simplifying diagnosis.
Alinity, derived from ALignment, INnovation and UnITY, has been made available in 18 hospitals and six blood banks including Medic, Cho Ray Hospital, Tu Du Hospital, Hung Vuong Hospital, University Medical Center under the University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang General Hospital, DIAG, Hanoi Medical University Hospital, and the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion.
In 2020, Abbott has introduced Alinity m, its latest new generation platform, fully integrated and automated molecular diagnostics analyzer that uses innovative technology to deliver greater flexibility and efficiency.
|Abbott’s Alinity m system|
The platform is now available in hospitals and healthcare facilities including Military Hospital 108, Medic, Medlatec, Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi as well as Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.
Innovations revolutionizing Vietnam’s healthcare
Vietnam’s health facilities have now been utilising Abbott’s advanced technology, diagnostics systems and devices, including the High-Sensitivity Troponin-I Test, DBS viral loading tests, and the first-of-its-kind, life-saving device MitraClip designed for people with common heart valve disorders.
The High-Sensitivity Troponin-I Test, also known as the Hs Troponin-I test, aims to check the level of troponin, a protein found specifically in heart muscle cells.
A high content of the macronutrient detected from the test provides better predictive information for determining a person’s chances of developing future heart disease when added to the current standard of care.
The test also offers gender-specific cut-offs, allowing physicians to more accurately diagnose myocardial infarction, commonly known as heart attacks, in women.
A study published in the British Medical Journal found Abbott’s test uncovered twice as many heart attacks in women as standard troponin tests.
It is exceptionally crucial for doctors to have early diagnosis of a heart attack and then act quickly in critical moments. In Vietnam, one out of three people suffers from heart attack each year.
Abbott’s Hs Troponin-I test has become the first and only one approved by the health ministry to aid cardiac risk stratification thanks to its significance and efficiency.
Therefore, the test now not only serves the patients facing heart disease risks but it is also dedicated to everyone to better manage their health.
If the Hs Troponin-I test is aimed at serving a larger community, the DBS test, fully known as the dried blood spot test, helps ease access to HIV viral load testing for Vietnamese people in remote areas since the procedure is simple and requires no refrigeration.
It uses a few blood drops dried on a filter paper before being shipped to a laboratory for analysis.
The process has recently been expanded to HCV testing, and proves efficient especially in this tough time of fighting the pandemic.
In order to advance heart and cardiovascular disease treatments, Abbott brings the minimally invasive mitral valve repair device MitraClip, a transcatheter-based device, to help Vietnamese people with common heart valve disorders.
MitraClip procedure involves doctors guiding a thin tube through a patient’s vein to the mitral valve and helping it close more completely without open-heart surgery, thus enabling the patient to return to regular life faster.
In October, Prix Galien USA honored Abbott’s revolutionary MitraClip therapy as the Best Medical Technology for 2020.
Considered as the industry’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize in biopharmaceutical and medical technology research, the award recognizes excellence in scientific innovation that improves the state of humankind.
This device has transformed the lives of more than 100,000 people globally living with mitral regurgitation, or a leaky heart valve.
Innovation for better health tomorrow
For 25 years expanding in Vietnam, Abbott has achieved sustainable business growth, developed strong local talent, and offered significant opportunities.
The company has continuously offered Vietnam breakthroughs in nutrition, medicines, diagnostics, and medical devices.
Vietnam has been one of the first countries where Abbott’s nutrition business has launched breakthrough products, such as Similac Eye-Q Plus with HMO to empower baby future by nurturing stronger immunity and brain development; PediaSure MRI with Arginine and natural vitamin K2 to further support children to reach their optimal growth and unlock potential; Ensure Gold with special nutritional ingredient HMB, protein, calcium, vitamins, and nutrients to help elderly people overcome the loss of muscle and strength in ageing.
Glucerna, the newly enhanced reformulation designed to help people with diabetes, is the latest arrival this month from Abbott.
The dual therapeutic benefits of Glucerna’s new formulation promote GLP-1 secretion with its unique nutrients and improve insulin sensitivity for better glycemic control.
Besides, Abbott has also introduced Surbex Natural Lingzhi, another science-based health supporting product available in capsules, which boosts immunity strength while enhancing the liver function and overall body resistance. This helps people have positive energy and get back to what they love doing.
Last month, Abbott was honoured No. 1 in Pharma/Medical Equipment/Healthcare for seven consecutive years in the list of ‘Vietnam Best Places to Work 2020.’
The recognition in Vietnam affirms Abbott’s leadership in the healthcare industry for seven consecutive years for creating an innovative and winning culture to empower employees to reach their full potentialities.
Abbott has demonstrated its strong long-term commitment to sharing global expertise to advance Vietnam’s healthcare for the last 25 years.
The company and its foundation, the Abbott Fund, have provided more than VND250 billion (US$10.5 million) in grants and product donations to address critical health issues, with a focus on removing barriers preventing Vietnamese people from living a healthy life and strengthening the country’s health sector.