Telemedicine or telehealth is a term given to offering remote care to
people, providing the care and reassurance needed to allow them to remain
living healthily in their own homes.
The use of wired or wireless medical sensors may be part of a package which
can provide support for people with serious illnesses or people at risk of
Most Telehealth services mitigate harm by reacting to untoward events and
raising a help response quickly. Some Telecare, such as safety confirmation
and lifestyle monitoring have a preventive function in that a deterioration in
the Telecare user's well-being can be spotted at an early stage.
Telecare refers to the idea of enabling people to remain independent in their
own homes by providing person-centered technologies to support the individual.
In one of its form, it can be referred to a fixed or mobile telephone with a
connection to a monitoring centre through which the user can raise an alarm.
Technologically more advanced systems use sensors, whereby a range of
potential risks can be monitored.
These may include falls, as well as environmental changes in the home such as
floods, fire and gas leaks. When a sensor is activated it sends a radio signal
to a central unit in the user's home, which then automatically calls a 24-hour
monitoring centre where trained operators can take appropriate action, whether
it be contacting a local key holder, doctor or the emergency services.
Telecare also comprises of standalone Telecare which does not send signals to
a response centre but supports carers through providing local (in-house)
alerts in a person's home to let the carer know when a person requires
Telecare and Pakistan :
In a country like Pakistan, where there is a huge population of more
than 190 million and a very poor healthcare infrastructure , since last number
of years the need for Telecare enabled services, have been badly in need.
Since last 3 years Pakistan telecom density has risen exponentially, from
single digit it has moved upto 60% in matter of 3 years, with nearly 100
million mobile subscribers, there is not a single private or public sector
Telecare service that offers health services using high-tech methodology.
There have been certain attempts , but those were on individual basis, such
attempts were taken mostly by healthcare professionals from abroad, who wanted
to contribute their knowledge and skill back to their home land, also some of
the NGOs and Aid agencies tried to utilize Mobile phones and IT to develop
solutions for providing Healthcare Management Systems towards their ongoing
According to the American Telemedicine Association study, for every 100 clinic
going patents, 70% can be treated using Telecare through telephonic advice.
And so much so, with the use of broadband mobile internet connectivity and
development of Wireless medical units that send the data and results using
mobile connectivity, now the percentage of patients not need to go to
hospitals can be further reduced by introduction of remote clinics operating
such high tech medical sensors.
As said that Telecare simply enables care of people using ease of mobility and
flexibility of time and location, especially older and more vulnerable
individuals, who depend on care from others in their own home.
With more and more Pakistanis going abroad to work, while intercity movement
of people also create a need to timely healthcare service to members of their
immediate family back home.
While we did conduct a survey on the importance of Telecare services in
country, it resulted in 90% of people say that that is their wish and Telecare
allows it to happen. Equally it gives peace of mind to family, friends and
careers, knowing that when they are unable to watch over their loved ones.
Pakistan being as densely populated country with a huge tele-density
percentage as compare to its neibours, pose a potential for utilization of
these healthcare innovation and get the benefits to the finger tips of
millions living in ruling locations, that are currently deprived of quality
healthcare and proper advisory.
Formation of Telecare (pvt)Ltd
Looking at the Pakistan opportunity a consortium has been created by
leading experts from the filed of Medicine and Information Technology to
create a state of the art platform on Telecare services. These members are
from Pakistan , Germany , Korea , Romania , UAE , USA , UK and Bangladesh .
The services offered will range from providing 24/7 basic health support
through Telephone, to providing remote patient monitoring services as well as
Creating Electronic Medical record data base accessible from Computers and
In this context a 24/7 call center has been setup with state of the art
infrastructure, capable to take number of calls simultaneously which will be
handled by recognized medical professionals.
Panel of reputed consultants and leading hospitals have been setup in order to
provide instant referral service to calling patients.
A comprehensive Electronic Medical Record system has been setup, which carries
complete medical records, medicine alert, appointment reminder capabilities
Telecare is committed to provide this unique service to Pakistanis living in
and out side Pakistan, using all possible high-tech and innovative healthcare
technology in the most effective manner.