In another cooperative venture, Lao Friends Hospital for Children and the Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital are jointly deploying a new medical imaging storage system that will save money and give doctors quick access to X-rays and other diagnostic images.
A team from the nonprofit organization, RAD-AID, has installed the Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) and is training technicians from both hospitals in its operation.
PACS provides storage and convenient access to diagnostic images. Electronic images and reports are transmitted digitally via PACS, which eliminates the need to manually file, retrieve or transport film jackets, the folders used to store and protect X-ray film.
Phettakoun “Lo” Vannathy, LFHC’s IT manager, worked with the three RAD-AID team members to train our Lao doctors and nurses and the medical staff of the provincial hospital in how to use the new system.
RAD-AID International, based in Chevy Chase, Maryland, works to increase and improve radiology resources in the developing and impoverished countries of the world.
RAD-AID began in 2008 with a few people at Johns Hopkins, and has grown to include more than 6,100 volunteers from 100 countries, 45,000 web visitors per year, 53 university-based chapter organizations and on-site programs in 20 countries.