The project aims to equip Basic Health Units with Tele-diagnosis equipment in order to link patients visiting these basic facilities with senior consultants at district hospitals.
- Equipping BHUs with Tele-diagnosis equipment capable of conducting 17 primary tests
- Training available paramedics or Lady Health Workers (LHWs) at BHUs in the use the equipment
- Connecting patients with consultants in real time over video call
- Enabling consultants to review test results immediately
- Storing patient information in order to identify disease patterns for predicting staff and medicine requirements
About the Equipment
The Tele medicine equipment is solar powered and uses GPRS technology to connect patients with consultants at district hospitals. It is particularly useful as an MNCH intervention as it can conduct almost all initial, per-natal tests including ultrasound.
The intervention aims at delivering services to 60,000 patients in district Sheikhupura. It is expected to increase anti-natal care follow-up by 15%, live births by 15% and general patients inflow rate at BHUs by 10%.
District Government, Sheikhupura is implementing the project with the District Coordination Officer (DCO) acting as project director. The Policy and Strategic Planning Unit has demonstrated a strong interest in the project