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Office of the Spokesman
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October 24, 2008


Public-Private Telemedicine Initiative Begins in Pakistan

The U.S. Department of State announces formation of the Pakistan Telemedicine Project, a public-private partnership to implement a high-technology telemedicine system in Pakistan.

The project demonstrates the transformative power of telecommunications technology under the U.S. Government’s Digital Freedom Initiative, which seeks to encourage the spread of technology to the developing world.

The Pakistan Telemedicine Project enables health care providers to deliver medical services to patients in remote locations by providing healthcare consultation and education via the Internet. Through it, expanded medical care, including pre-operative planning and follow-up; cardiac assessment; ophthalmology; dermatology; radiology; infectious disease and peri-natal evaluations; and medical triage for traumas and acute illnesses, will be available.

Project partners include IBM, Wateen Telecom, Motorola, Inc., Medweb, Inc., the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Defense Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, the Pakistani Government, Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi, and District Headquarters Hospital in Attock, Pakistan.

For more information about the Pakistan Telemedicine Project, please contact Jeffrey Jamison in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, via email at jamisonjm@state.gov, or by phone at 202-647-4864.

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Released on October 24, 2008

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