Telehealth - an effective source to provide treatment facilities to marginilized sections
PESHAWAR: Telehealth services can prove as an effective medium to provide treatment facilities to the marginalized sections of the society even in remote areas of the country through use of Information and Communication Technology (ICTs).
Project Manager Telehealth, COMSATS Internet Services, Dr Nadia Rasheed said this in an interview with APP.
Dr Nadia said that COMSATS through its Telehealth services has provided treatment facilities to over 50,000 patients so far including 80 percent of women belonging to the resource constraints communities.
She said that Telehealth was a mode of delivering healthcare facilities of medical consultation, diagnosis and treatment to patients using Information Technology (ICTs).
COMSATS Internet Services (CIS) is a pioneer of Tele-Health in Pakistan and has established a network of rural Tele-health clinics in Islamabad, Swabi, Quetta, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Gwadar, Khairpur, Musakhail and Rawalpindi to provide healthcare facilities to the marginalized segments of the society.
She said that the paramedics at the connected tele-health clinics assist the medical specialist at CIS Tele-health resource centre through video conferencing to carry out interactive history followed by complete checkup using digital diagnostic tools such as digital stethoscope, vital signs monitor, examination camera, ultrasound probe, ECG glove etc. She said that patient’s data collected during initial checkup by the paramedic staff can be viewed simultaneously by the doctor at CIS Telehealth center in Islamabad.
She continued that the doctor then provides medical consultation to the patient and transmits prescription to the remote end, a printout of which is given to the patient by paramedic staff.
The computerized database of patients and their medical history is maintained at the well equipped center. The patients who require further examination and treatment are at times also referred to nearby hospitals with transfer of their data to the referred hospital for guidance. - APP