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Punjab all set to launch e-BHU programme

The doctors at a centralized hub in Lahore will give online consultation to patients at BHUs in remote areas


Amer Malik

Punjab authorities has launched into an bold plan to launch tele-consultation programme for sufferers in far-flung areas within the province by connecting 250 Primary Well being Items to certified medical doctors at central hub within the provincial capital.

Punjab Major and Secondary Healthcare Division in collaboration with Punjab Info Know-how Board and CloudClinik, a cloud based mostly digital healthcare platform, has launched pilot venture in Mandi Bahauddin. The CloudClinik, gained the Letter of Award (LoA) for being the bottom bidder, e-linked 4 BHUs with central hub located in Lahore, the place medical doctors are offering on-line session to the sufferers by live-examination of distant sufferers on their pc screens. The cloud, that endeavors to supply high quality major care by benefiting from the web, has already supplied session to just about 5,500 sufferers on-line. Nevertheless, Major and Secondary Healthcare Division is but to award a contract to CloudClinik, which might take away the final hurdle earlier than execution of the venture in 250 BHUs within the province.

Punjab Minister for Major and Secondary Healthcare Khawaja Imran Nazir inaugurated the maiden centralized hub of medical doctors at Infogistic, 239-CCA, Industrial Space, Part-IV, DHA, Lahore Cantt, on Thursday. Accompanied by senior officers of Punjab Info Know-how Board (PITB), the Minsiter was extremely appreciative of the work undertaken to date within the context of pilot venture of 4 BHUs in Mandi Bahauddin. He assured that Punjab authorities would roll out the venture in 250 BHUs of Punjab within the subsequent three months.

Punjab all set to launch e-BHU programme

Whereas giving presentation on the venture, Sajjad Kirmani, an IT knowledgeable and founding member of NETSOL Applied sciences, briefed concerning the state-of-the-art teleconsultation regime, which centres round far-flung healthcare websites. It encompasses a pool of aptly certified medical doctors positioned at a centralized hub.

He knowledgeable that 4 BHUs of Mandi Bahauddin have been enabled with Teleconsultation regime. These 4 BHUs of Bhojowal, Bherowal, Rerkka Bala and Dhunni Kalan have been linked with centralized hub by making certain availability of high-speed web connectivity with foolproof mechanism put in place, which is predicated on the paraphernalia bearing cutting-edge expertise with redundancy mechanism. Each healthcare website is provided with a tech savvy facilitator and an clever Q-management system has been put in place.

The sufferers are greeted and handled with due respect and deserved care. The nursing employees at every BHU would take all important indicators and add within the system for physician’s perusal earlier than session and issuance of prescription to the affected person. The medical doctors do not need language limitations as native dialect is getting used whereas issuing token receipts and prescriptions. The affected person turnout is recorded in addition to their referrals. The sufferers’ historical past is maintained for future reference. The drugs stock is electronically maintained; each dispensation recorded effectively and might support to future replenishment wants.

An automated affected person task system is put in on the premise of standards of minimal wait; feminine affected person task to the WMO; revisiting affected person task to the identical medical doctors with whom affected person had prior session historical past. It’s a full software-driven system with no concerned. The tickers are displayed on LED display to disseminate healthcare messages in Urdu.

“If we think about healthcare on a 12-inch scale, the primary 9-inches i.e. 75 per cent of healthcare is routine major care. The final three inches or 25 per cent is for expensive catastrophic incidences requiring secondary or tertiary care. If we’re capable of establish, forestall or diagnose and deal with the illnesses at an early stage, it won’t solely give a illness sample or any outbreaks but additionally reduce the burden on secondary and tertiary care degree within the province. It would additionally function a cost-cutting intervention and contribute to the financial system of the nation,” he added.

Whereas quoting the UNICEF’s just lately launched report on highest baby mortality fee on the earth, Sajjad Kirmani mentioned that the teleconsultation at BHUs would additionally assist strengthen immunization and vaccination to make sure mom and baby well being. He additionally revealed his plan to arrange centralized hubs at divisional degree throughout second section of the venture.

Punjab Minister for Major and Secondary Healthcare Khawaja Imran Nazir assured to execute the venture in 250 BHUs throughout the province within the subsequent three months, which might assist present session to the sufferers by the certified medical doctors. It would additionally take away the long-standing criticism of individuals about non-availability of medical doctors at BHUs as certified normal physicians would attend them remotely. “This telemedicine idea will assist present session, diagnostic amenities and medicines at their doorsteps,” he added.