Around China: Traditional Tibetan medical treatment goes digital
LHASA, Oct 24, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
A Tibetan hospital has set up a
database for collecting and recording prescriptions as well as other
medical information as the region's health sector becomes more
digitalized, according to hospital authorities.
With a history of more than 2,000 years, Tibetan cures and
treatments have adopted traditional Chinese, ancient Indian and
ancient Arab medicines.
However, Tibetan prescriptions written by doctors are scattered
widely across the region. Prescriptions were not recorded in the past
and this has hindered development and research of medicines and
treatments, said Yeshe Yangzom, executive vice president of the
Regional Tibetan Hospital in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous
The hospital started to collect and organize Tibetan prescriptions
in 2009 and work is drawing to a close, Yeshe Yangzom said.
They selected about 100,000 out of more than one million Tibetan
prescriptions preserved by 12 Tibetan doctors, and then encoded and
categorized them digitally to an online database.
Medical workers can now have access to prescriptions offered by
prominent Tibetan doctors on the database, which serves as a helpful
reference for practitioners.
The causes and developments of many diseases and their prescribed
medication and treatments can be found on the database, Yeshe Yangzom
The hospital has also recorded more than 100 ancient books about
Tibetan medicine on the database, he said.
Other Tibetan hospitals throughout the region will have access to
the database at a later date.
The hospital has also launched electronic medical records for
patients, a first for Tibetan medicine development.
The region's hospitals plan to collect and add more Tibetan
medical essays and magazines to the database so hospitals can share
as much information as possible, he said.
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