The benefits of telemedicine are very well recognized by health care institutes across the globe. Telemedicine is much more needed in developing countries than in developed countries. In Pakistan, there is an acute shortage of doctors. The people and doctors ratio is approximately 100000:68 and most doctors are moving to urban areas. This supports and justifies the need for telemedicine in Pakistan. Telemedicine is a very effective system in reaching the most isolated and remote people.
Medisoft Telemedicine Pvt. Ltd. is a pioneer research institute in telemedicine development in India. Tele Doctor, an innovative telemedicine system, is developed after extensive research. Tele Doctor is an integrated telemedicine system which has real-time as well as store-and-forward telemedicine features.
Medisoft has installed a Tele Doctor remote centre at the Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences, the Civil Hospital at Shikarpur and Two district hospitals in the interior of Sindh Province. These Tele Doctor centres will be connected with the expert opinion centre at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), a tertiary care centre in Karachi.
The remote centre has been implemented with medical equipments for cardiology, radiology, dermatology along with a state-of-the-art video conferencing system. The remote centre can send the medical data like patient demographical information, reports, radiology images such as X-ray and ultrasound, cardiology data including 12 lead ECG and angiograms for a super speciality opinion at JPMC, Karachi. The JPMC is also equipped with the Tele Doctor software and videoconferencing system. Medisoft has made available its Web space to be used for the Pakistan Telemedicine Network exclusively.
For more information on the Pakistan Telemedicine Project you can contact Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed. More news about Medisoft is available in the VMW January 2005 article Medisoft offers free download of Tele Doctor Evaluation version.