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Hospital staff to be monitored by satellite

Punjab Health Sector Reforms Programme (PHSRP) of Pakistan will monitor all the activities of all doctors, nurses and paramedical staffs working in Basic Health Units, Rural Health Centres, Tehsil Headquarter Hospitals, and District Headquarter Hospitals across the province though satellite technology. PHSRP has signed an agreement with Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) to arrange what is called a ‘Geographic Information System’ (GIS) for the live coverage of hospital staff. A Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) will be used, which will be able to connect any hospital to the central monitoring room, located in the city. PHSRP has invested INR 20 million to the SUPARCO Management for this project. SUPARCO had a Telemedicine Display Unit connected to Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC) in Karachi, where live consultations were offered to patients. JPMC and Shikapur Civil Hospital would be connected through the Paksat-1 Satellite Transponder. All healthcare facilities would be linked to the Central Monitoring System, which would be set up in the head office of PHSRP in Lahore, Pakistan.

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