Roles and History of “Telemedicine Development Center of Asia (TEMDEC)”
The aim of this center is to establish effective and consistent medical communications among Asian countries using super-fast Internet and advanced technology. Main activities are as follows.
Our telemedicine activity started in 2002, when Korea-Japan co-hosted World Cup Soccer Games and these two countries were connected with a big optic fiber. “Genkai project” was organized by industry/government/educational groups in order to accelerate the mutual remote communications in various fields such as education, culture, and business, and Kyushu University Hospital joined it as a medical team.
With the supports from Core University Program of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and from Kyushu University Interdisciplinary Programs in Education and Projects in Research Development (P&P), our activity expanded to whole Asia under the name of “Asia-Kyushu Advanced Medical Network (AQUA)” which was organized in 2005.
With rapid and wide recognition of these activities, Kyushu University Hospital formally opened a new office, Telemedicine Development Center of Asia (TEMDEC), in October 2008, and it takes over the role of AQUA to lead international telemedicine.
In 2015, International Medical Department was newly established by the University Renovation/Activation Project, and TEMDEC will lead globalization of the hospital together with Oversea Exchange Center (OVEX) and International Patient Support Center (IPAC).