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Perceiving the importance of providing healthcare at a “distance,” the University of Santo Tomas Hospital (USTH) favored a three (3)-day telemedicine session, assisted by the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET), from 28 to 30 November 2013 at the Benavides Cancer Institute Auditorium. The telemedicine session titled, “Microscopic and Endoscopic Temporal Bone Postgraduate Course with Live Surgery” was organized by the USTH Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, in cooperation with the Philippine Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. The activity aimed to gather foreign and local experts to further medical education by sharing knowledge and skills in said sub-specialty.
Envisioning a nationwide conference through telemedicine, the Veterans Memoreial Medical Center (VMMC) and the Cebu Velez General Hospital (CVGH) had a productiv test broadcast last 19 September 2013 with the assistance of the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET). Dr. June T. Mendiola, Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology of VMMC, started off with an opening remarks, stating the objective to facilitate the event from a distance, through the telemedicine.
The Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET) ensured that audiences, including experts, from University of the Philippines (UP) campuses across the nation, could participate over the Internet, in an event titled, “Understanding Complex Dynamical Systems: A Forum on Social and Institutional Change,” which was organized by the UP Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs last 20 September 2013 at the National Institute of Physics Auditorium, National Science Complex, UP Diliman, Quezon City.
The 1st Ombudsman Public Governance Forum, which was held last 30 August 2013 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), was made accessible to a wider audience using technology with the assistance of the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET).
The use of information and communications technology for distance education evidently makes access to technology an enabling or disabling factor, according to Janice N. Burn and Nalinee Thongprasert, authors of Seven Major Challenges for e-Learning in Developing Countries. Indeed, this access relies on the quality and reliability of connections of educational institutions. In the Philippine scenario, students in rural areas do not have access or have limited access to the Internet, due to infrastructural problems.
Through the years, the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), through the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET), has established foreign linkages with international research and education networks. As primary member of the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), the PREGINET continuously supports APAN’s activities.
The Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), an attached research and development agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched the Trans-Eurasia Information Network 4 (TEIN4) on 14 June 2013 at the National Computer Center. The Philippines, via the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET) managed by the DOST-ASTI, has a 155Mbps direct connectivity to TEIN4, enabling closer collaboration among academicians and researchers around the world.
The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) tapped the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET) once again for the live streaming of their Bantay Halalan 2013. During national elections, Bantay Halalan is aired over Radyo DZLB, which is a community radio station managed by the Department of Development Broadcasting and Telecommunications (DDBT) of the College of Development Communication.
Starting the year right, the Department of Science and Technology – Advanced Science and Technology Institute Director Denis F. Villorente and Supervising Science Research Specialist Bayani Benjamin R. Lara represented the Philippines in the TIP2013 Joint Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii last 13 – 18 January 2013. With the aim of addressing research and education network-related concerns, the Asia Pacific Advanced Network and Joint Techs haveconceptualized the TIP2013.
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.
- December 6, 2013
USTH gives a go-ahead to telemedicine
- September 30, 2013
PREGINET assists test broadcast between VMMC and CVGH
- September 25, 2013
PREGINET ensures audience participation in a forum on Social and Institutional Change
- September 2, 2013
UP-SHS amplifies student learning opportunities via telementoring