Medical insurance data connection choppy Thuy Dung HANOI - Nationwide medical data connection on the portal of the Vietnam Social Security (VSS) has reached 94%. However, the transmission of data is still slow due to regular jamming, especially from lower-level health centers to the portal. At a teleconference on March 16 on information technology application in healthcare management and health insurance payment, Deputy Minister of Health Pham Le Tuan said smooth connection would facilitate operations of the medical insurance company and prevent health insurance fund profiteering as well as save time for patients. While the general connection rate is high, at 94%, some provinces have suffered from the low rate of medical data connection, including Thanh Hoa (69%), Bac Ninh (81%), and Hai Phong (80%), according to statistics of the VSS. The low rates are due to technical issues such as poor power supply or low internet coverage. As planned, 100% of provincial and central medical … [Read more...] about Medical insurance data connection choppy
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VietNamNet Bridge – The opportunity to develop the wind power industry in Vietnam has never been clearer than now. But without the right policy and implementation, the potential is just potential and the "golden opportunity" will pass. Initial lessons learned from the first wind power projects in Vietnam are very useful. The golden opportunity of wind power Wind power industry in Vietnam Wind power data - national assets Wind turbines in the sea of the Bac Lieu wind power plant. Photo: Bui Sy Hoa The first 1,300 wind turbines are damaged or do not work effectively, mainly because of lacking experience and lack of thorough investigation of resources, climate, weather characteristics. Many countries in the world that go ahead on the path of wind power development have left the precious experience that Vietnam can learn from but we do not know, know a little or cannot … [Read more...] about When will Vietnam’s wind power industry thrive?
To get a sense of how hard it is to measure greenhouse gas emissions in China, it pays to visit the Deqingyuan poultry farm on the outskirts of Beijing, where streams of chicken manure are piped from wooden sheds to an industrial gas digester that rises above the ground like a tethered balloon. Turning waste into kilowatts qualifies Deqingyuan for valuable carbon credits under a UN-backed scheme known as the Clean Development Mechanism. The digester turns all that chicken slurry into natural gas, powering a nearby electricity station and supplying fuel to 39 surrounding villages. Yet calculating those emissions requires a 54-page, UN-certified rulebook, a methodology that factors everything from the amount of methane removed from the manure to local temperatures and animal weight to come up with a figure. And that cumbersome process can mean Deqingyuan’s emissions savings vary wildly - sometimes by as much as 20 per cent. "I don't know how they calculate the figure but there … [Read more...] about The unbearable lightness of Chinese emissions data
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would end spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone data, setting up a potential showdown with the U.S. Senate over the program, which expires on June 1. The House voted 338-88 for the USA Freedom Act, which would end the bulk collection and instead give intelligence agencies access to telephone data and other records only when a court finds there is reasonable suspicion about a link to international terrorism. The strong support in the House by both Democrats and Republicans could increase pressure on Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on the bill. McConnell and several other senior Republican senators have said they would rather renew the existing bulk data collection program, authorized under the USA Patriot Act, passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But continuing the program, which has concerned many privacy advocates since it was exposed in 2013 by former … [Read more...] about House votes to end spy agencies’ bulk collection of phone data
VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese have to breathe the polluted air caused not only by domestic thermal power plants, but also from plants in the southern part of China. Phung Chi Sy, director of the Environmental Technology Center (ENTEC), noted that coal thermal power plants inevitably cause air pollution and this is the heavy price Vietnam has to pay to continue developing coal power plants to satisfy the increasingly high demand for electricity. The exhaust gas from power plants such as NOx and SO2 can affect human respiratory system and even cause cancer. Meanwhile, according to Pham Ngoc Dang, director of the Center for Urban Environment and Industry, more than 50 percent of the coal power plants in Vietnam use Chinese technologies which are outdated, consume more fuel and last a shorter time than technologies from Japan and Germany. Chinese technologies also do not thoroughly treat the power plants’ waste to the environment. Dang pointed out that outdated Chinese … [Read more...] about Vietnam affected by pollution from local, Chinese coal power plants