Vu Anh Tuan, general secretary of the HCM City Computer Association, said VIO 2016 hopes to create close links between the health and information technology sectors. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The Vietnam Information and Communication Technologies Outlook (VIO 2016) to be held in HCM City on June 24 will discuss the application of IT in health care and the latest trends in IT solutions in the sector and feature an overview of smart healthcare.

IT and technology are increasingly used in the medical sector, especially in diagnosing and treating diseases, Vu Anh Tuan, General Secretary of the HCM City Computer Association, said.

But many hospitals in Vietnam do not utilise IT solutions effectively, he said.

The Ministry of Health has issued directions for promoting IT use in healthcare, but many hospitals have not identified appropriate software, he said.

Medical data management and exploitation is an urgent requirement in the medical sector to improve diagnosis and treatment, he said.

The seminar, with the theme Digital Era for Healthcare Sector, hopes to create close links between the healthcare sector and the information and technology sectors, he added.

A function to give away awards to the country's top five ICT companies will be organised on June 23.

Tuan said the awards aim to recognise, popularise, honour, and encourage firms in the ICT industry and foster their competitiveness.

Organised by the HCA at Gem Centre, the two events will attract 1,000 healthcare and information and communications officials from HCM City and other cities and provinces, chiefs of hospitals and clinics, and local and foreign ICT experts.-VNA