The Saigon Institute of Technology said Monday it would start construction in May of a US$400 million digital hospital, the first of its kind in Vietnam.
The 500-bed hospital that will have all information, images and clinical know-how digitally processed and connected, would cover an area of four hectares in the southern town of Vung Tau.
The facility would deploy advanced information and communication technology (ICT) applications in its operation and management, said Nguyen Van Sau, head of SaigonTech. Doctors would be equipped with state-of-the-art ICT equipment and devices in treatment and can use two-way videos to discuss patients' conditions, he explained.
Meanwhile, patients can surf the Internet in their room for information about their medical conditions, he said.
"The hospital will have 22 medical departments which focus on tumor, heart and mental problems," said Sau.
Construction of the facility is expected to finish by 2013. After it comes into operation, SaigonTech plans to build some hi-tech clinics in the northern and central region to be connected with the Vung Tau-based hospital to enable remote medical check-ups.