The Transform Fund-supported telehealth network connecting out-of-practice female doctors served 175,000 Covid-19 patients with 24/7 monitoring and counselling as a notable contribution to healthcare using digital technologies during the pandemic.
Stanford University’s (US) Center for Medicine and its Digital media arm Digital Medic certified Educast as the first digital Covid-19 care provider in Pakistan after Stanford experts trained 450 e-doctors under CDC and WHO guidelines.Educast’s achievements are worthy to note today (April 21), on the UN Observance World Creativity and Innovation Day that focuses on the creative economy as the world faces increased risks and lockdowns hampering work and progress.
Dr Hayat Sindi, Senior Advisor to IsDB President on STI and Supervisor, Communities Outreach programme, observes, “The remarkable achievement from Educast is vital as the pandemic deeply affected many IsDB Member Countries and vulnerable populations, where innovative use of digital technologies can make a remarkable difference”. Initially launched with an aim to provide out-of-practice doctors with opportunities to re-enter the workforce, Educast focused on preventing maternal and newborn deaths in vulnerable groups without adequate health services. After the pandemic broke, the network launched a timely Covid-19 initiative to train and serve patients in Pakistan.
Dr Hayat with Dr Abdullah. Photo: IsDB/EducastLeading the initiative, Dr Abdullah Butt extends his deepest thanks, “IsDB’s STI initiatives, Engage and the Transform Fund have guided and advised Educast in the direction it has taken to successfully make some contributions to health”.
Good Health and Wellbeing or Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 is one of the priority SDGs of Engage and the Transform Fund.Educast’s eDoctors e-consult among themselves, discuss cases, monitor thousands of patients remotely and provide valuable consultation, thereby relieving the health system to handle more critical cases.
Dr Abdullah partners with one of the top Medical Universities in Pakistan, Dow University of Health Sciences, as an academic partner to provide quality and updated online medical education to these globally placed doctors.
Dr Saima Ahmed works from home in Dubai to serve COVID-19 patients in Pakistan. Photo: EducastBeyond borders, Educast shared its success story with Pakistan American Doctors Association (DOGANA) about singlehandedly treating Covid-19 patients. Their work and the network’s usefulness have already been recognised globally.
World Summit of Information Services (WSIS), a UN arm on Technology services for handling Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has selected Educast to take care of maternal and infant mortality in Yemen’s warzone using teleconsultation and remote assessment of vitals pertaining to pregnancy issues via digital foetal monitors and handheld android ultrasound imaging. In South Yemen, Educast is working to establish similar multipurpose tele-centres. The Global Conference on Use of Technology for Saving Humanity in Conflict Zones has also invited a presentation on its work.