Research and Education Networks (RENs) are crucial part of many research and education activities. These networks are likewise essential in providing care at a distance procedures or what is popularly known today as telemedicine.
Just like any other countries, the Philippines has its own REN — the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET). With the network’s significant role in the local research and development arena, the University of the Philippines (UP) – Pampanga, UP – Tacloban and – Visayas, as well as, the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) became new partners of PREGINET.
One UP Campuses
The connectivities of UP campuses are part of the “Connectivity for UP Campuses Project” aimed at connecting all the UP Campuses across the country, to encourage collaborative activities that involve new technologies and applications with interconnectivity to international RENs.
Via PREGINET connectivity, UP students and UP instructors can collaborate not only with their local associates, but also with researchers worldwide. The connection will also enable them acquire fresh knowledge and ideas by participating in webinars and online trainings, which are arranged and carried out by PREGINET’s local and international partners such as the Asia Pacific Advanced Network, School on the Internet Asia, Trans-Eurasia Information Network, among others.
PHC’s drive for REN connectivity
The PHC thru Mr. Renato C. Doctor, Officer-in-Charge of the PHC‘s Hospital Information System, has been attending telemedicine sessions with the Telemedicine Development Center of Asia such as the Phacoemulsification Conference 2011 on 26 October 2011, which was hosted by the Veterans Memorial Medical Center and the demonstration of medical applications on 22-26 August 2011. From then on, the PHC worked closely with the PREGINET Team to achieve its physical connection.
“We are happy because many agencies connected to PREGINET this year,” said PREGINET Technical Head Bayani Benjamin R. Lara. He said that PREGINET is looking forward to more partners in 2013.