The Philippines’ digital healthcare system gets a boost from Australia after the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) forged a partnership towards conducting joint research and upgrading the Philippines’ digital health system.
Both institutions have agreed to develop digital health programs, particularly telemedicine, using the latest and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) for interpreting data. Known for its strong curriculum and instruction in health science, including allied fields, the RMIT could provide Filipinos with both the required tools and skills training.
Some DOST officials have just traveled to Australia and conducted scientific visits to map out the collaboration program as well as connect with other Australian institutions of relevant interest such as those involved in sustainable mineral processing and mine restoration and rehabilitation, bioengineering, and new technologies for coral reef restoration, among others. Those institutions would, later on, express their willingness to formalize cooperation with DOST.
DOST has existing partnerships with James Cook University and the Swinburne University of Technology which led to various researches involving emerging diseases and tropical diseases, the Internet of Things (IoT), agriculture, and food security; as well as marine science scholarships and sandwich programs in the field of biomedical engineering.
(Sources: Philippine News Agency; OpenGov Asia)