Lahore's Hospitals to Implement Robust Digital Health System


by Hamna Bano

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Over 50,000 patients are seen daily in the outpatient departments (OPDs) of the government teaching hospitals in Lahore, and a strong digital health system is required to meet their medical requirements.

Dr. Javed Akram, the interim health minister for Punjab, made this statement while serving as the chief guest at the third Pakistan National Digital Health Conference, which was hosted at a nearby hotel.

Dr. Azfar Malik, Muhammad Ansar, Prof. Dr. Fariha Farooq, Mian Muhammad Akram Shahid, Ali Shaukat, and Dr. Zaki were present for the conference's official start.


The minister used the occasion to show his gratitude and appreciation to the participants by presenting awards in appreciation of their services. Dr. Javed Akram proudly made a significant statement in his speech about the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into Punjab's healthcare system.

He emphasized the significant role that AI plays not only within the local context but also on a global scale. AI technology has the potential to revolutionize healthcare by enhancing diagnostic accuracy, optimizing treatment plans, and improving overall patient care. 

By incorporating AI into the health system, Punjab aims to leverage the power of technology to advance healthcare services and provide more efficient and effective care to its residents.

He mentioned that “Punjab now offers 24/7 primary angioplasty facilities to heart patients in all cardiology hospitals and has devised an online dashboard to address drug shortages in government hospitals on a priority basis. Ensuring safe treatment for patients in Punjab's government hospitals remains a top priority for the administration”

Recognizing the trials presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the minister asserted that “it acted as a catalyst for innovation and research in the health sector rather than its end”.

He reaffirmed the government's commitment to implementing the HIMS system in all public hospitals and implementing new techniques backed by the IT Board in the health system.