Moto, Wateen Do Telemedicine

US Department of State taps IBM to extend Telemedicine's reach to remote regions of Pakistan

October 9, 2008

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ARMONK, N.Y. and WASHINGTON -- Munir is five years old, and he lives in a ruggedly remote, rural village in Northern Pakistan. For months, he has suffered from an aggressive and worsening skin lesion that, for want of medical care, has just gone untreated. But now, his fortunes have changed for the better – as they have for a growing number of Pakistanis in the region. Today, as his relieved father would quickly tell you, Munir is on the road to full recovery.

His story and scores like it are coming true because the U.S. Department of State and IBM are leading a public-private partnership to implement a high-technology telemedicine system in Pakistan. The partnership includes Wateen Telecom, Motorola, Inc., Medweb, Inc., USAID, the U.S. Department of Defense Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, the Pakistani Government, and doctors from Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi Pakistan. The team has helped to broaden and strengthen technical capabilities supporting a central coordinating hospital, or “hub,” located at the Holy Family Hospital in the northern city of Rawalpindi, Punjab Province, with the “spoke” in District Attock.

Telemedicine delivers high quality medical services for both patients and healthcare providers – medical care that would otherwise be lacking or absent in remote locations. Moving information instead of people, it provides healthcare consultation and education via the Internet. Pakistani experts, IBM and the U.S. Government foresee great benefits from this state-of-the-art telemedicine system. “Our country’s population of 173 million makes it the sixth most populous country in the world,” said internationally recognized surgeon and telemedicine expert, Dr. Asif Zafar, of the Holy Family Hospital. “More than 75 percent of Pakistanis live in rural regions, but they benefit from fewer than 15 percent of all hospital beds.”

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