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Inaugurated First Telemedicine Room in Latin America

The Bolivarian government activated the first Latin American telemedicine room in the Hospital Antonio María Pineda in the State of Lara, Venezuela; which is being rehabilitated within the framework of the National System of Public Health, aimed at offering free and quality service to the Venezuelan people.

President Chávez said that this magnificent work, with an investment of $1.2 million, will help to improve Venezuelans´ living standards.  

This high-tech investment is not a luxury but a necessity, said the head of state. “We will spare not effort to make the most out of this technology.”

Hospital Antonio María Pineda has the capacity of assisting more than one million patients and it is part of  the rehabilitation program that the government is carrying throughout the country, said the head of state.

Venezuelan Health Minister, Jesús Mantilla, informed that they are already working of the installation of 24 intelligent operating rooms.

The chief of the technology, information and communication, Rafael Venegas, explained that telemedicine is a sort of “the remote doctor.” This system can also record images of the surgery and train medicine students worldwide at the same time the intervention is performed.”
Doctor Linda Amaro said that the telemedicine room also allows doctors and staff to communicate inside the hospital via internet, and being in contact with other regions and with the world by satellite.”

Presidential Press Office / Translation by MinCI, Press Office of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the US/  June 23 , 2009

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