Decentralised Healthcare Systems - Telemedicine Project at Viet Duc to Provincial Hospitals

Area of competence: 
Health Facilities and Services
Donor organization: 
KfW (KfW Development Bank)
Start of Project: 
End of Project: 
Value of service: 
€ 521,530
Description of Project: 

The Viet Duc University Hospital (VDUH) has already gained a lot of experience and expertise in telemedicine by virtue of a Satellite Programme undertaken in the recent past. As a tertiary care teaching hospital, it is now well poised to provide the necessary expertise and guidance on clinical training, diagnostics and treatment via telemedicine to lower level hospitals in the country, especially those at the secondary care level like the provincial, regional and district hospitals. In order to build on the existing experience and expertise of VDUH, the Ministry of Health, Government of Vietnam has decided to build a pilot telemedicine network between the VDUH and six selected hospitals in two provinces. The proposed pilot project is being undertaken within the framework of German Financial Cooperation (FC).

The Objective of the project is to enable the 6 participating hospitals in Thanh Hoa and Yen Bai Provinces that participate in the telemedicine network to extend their services to their catchment populations in line with demand and in a quality assured manner especially in the areas of surgery, trauma and emergency care (reproductive health, obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics). The project is unique in terms of being the first endeavour to use the process of systemic tendering to ensure integrated provision of services

Description of Services: 

The consultant is providing assistance to the Viet Duc University Hospital along with the Provincial Hospitals in Yen Bai and Thanh Hoa, Regional hospitals of Nghia Lo and Ngoc Lac and the District hospitals of Ven Yen and Tho Xuan. Specific assistance to be provided includes:

  • Setting up a Project Management Unit (PMU);

  • Needs assessment of telemedicine components and HMIS;

  • Preparation of telemedicine network and HMIS upgradation plan;

  • Preparation of detailed time, cost and financing schedule;

  • Preparation of a systemic tender covering telemedicine network architecture, telemedicine control center, specifications of individual components and requisite technical, medical and administration oriented trainings;

  • Support in procurement of HMIS and telemedicine network operator;

  • Installation supervision of telemedicine & HMIS equipment, hardware and software;

  • Supervision of user trainings;

  • Training in contract management;

Overall Project Management support.

Project Volume: 
€ 521,530