Seminar discusses latest innovations in medical diagnostics

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019 15:45

Over 500 healthcare professionals attend the 11th Chemical Pathology Course in HCM City and Ha Noi last week. — VNS Photo

More than 500 healthcare professionals from around the country took part in the 11th Chemical Pathology Course organised in HCM City and Ha Noi by Swiss drug company Roche and several international and local business groups.

The annual event is a forum for sharing the latest innovations in improving diagnostic quality and fostering discussions on the development of laboratory diagnostics.

“High-quality and accurate testing not only plays an important role in diagnosis and treatment but also helps reduce costs and difficulties for patients and saves resources,” Deputy Minister of Health Dr Nguyen Truong Son said at the seminar held late last week.

At the seminar this year, six presentations were made on key questions about the future of laboratory medicine in the next decade of the 21st century; serum indices for improved diagnostics quality; the value of the APAC laboratory benchmarking survey; how mass spectrometry supports standardisation; method verification: and Australian experience and diagnostics solutions for some common disease groups in Viet Nam.

“The work of medical laboratory professionals is usually quiet but has an extremely important influence on clinical decisions,” Nguyen Minh Tuan – director of the health ministrys Department of Medical Equipment and Health Works, said.

“Diagnostics solutions are the important initial steps in disease management by applying advanced technology to bring the most effective medical interventions.

“We highly appreciate the new technologies, techniques and equipment used in diagnosis and testing and believe Vietnamese will enjoy more benefits as a result of having skilled and proficient laboratory professionals.”

First held in 2009, the Chemical Pathology Course has been supported and endorsed this year by many prestigious local and international medical organisations and associations such as the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC), Asia-Pacific Federation for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (APFCB), Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists (AACB), Vietnamese Association of Clinical Biochemists (VACB), HCM City Association of Clinical Biochemists (HACB), Ho Chi Minh City Association of Medical Laboratory Technologists (HAMLT), Bach Mai Hospital, Cho Ray Hospital, and other medical organisations and associations. – VNS

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