A mobile van equipped with all facilities of telemedicine centre was handed over in a ceremony held at the Holy Family Hospital (HFH) on Tuesday. The van was donated by the Ministry of Information Technology to Surgical Unit-II of the Holy Family Hospital where in September 2005, a centre was developed and linked with the two collaborating institutions in USA, one Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Richmond and the other Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Centre (TATRC), a subordinate element of the United States Army Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) Fort Detrick. Additional Medical Superintendent (Administration) HFH, Tariq Niazi that van would be sent to Mardan for providing patient care to internally displaced persons (IDPs). eHealth is now used as the broad term that covers telemedicine, and the same comprises of use of video links, e-mail, telephone, or any other telecommunications system to transmit medical information from one site to another, for example, in consultations between a doctor and patient or supervision of medical services provider.
It is being used globally to improve upon the provision of patient care. The eHealth has a multidisciplinary approach and involves different segments of stakeholders including medical and health professionals, information technology professionals, regulatory authorities and industry. Requirements for eHealth include tools like computer workstations, derma scope, e-scope, software, connectivity and trained health professionals. College and allied hospitals are busy serving the IDPs in Mardan.