University of Karachi (KU) Umair Basha Institute of Technology (UBIT), in coordination with the Staffordshire University’s Department of Computer Engineering and Technology & Health Sciences, held a seminar on health care management system (HCMS) and information and communication technology (ICT) in developing countries. The aim of the seminar was to utilize ICT in HCMS in the context of developing countries to provide effective health services at low cost. Health services sector can be supported by HCMS as it can be used to implement several new medical services such as remote diagnosis, central databases of patients, tele- and audio-conferencing and health card systems.

The importance of ICT especially in service sectors such as HCMS was emphasized upon by Professor Aqil Burney. He added that at present, there was a digital divide between the fields of health and IT. Dr. Zahid Bashir of the Aga Khan University Hospital spoke about HCMS and use of ICT in Pakistan and told the audience about possible medical services which could be provided by using ICT in Pakistan. He pointed out various primary health facilities which could be provided using mobile communication technology, costing US$0.30 per call to contact a doctor on phone in Pakistan, $1.25 in India and $0.21 in Bangladesh.

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