SAFE-Rural-Health program aims to build a digital healthcare community that bridges the gap in knowledge between health and computing and addresses the present and future complexities of design and development of digital health solutions. The intent of SAFE-Rural-Health in Pakistan is to support the provision of health care services to reduce the mortality rate of women and children, to timely address the maternity related issues in remote areas and to monitor old people.
Applying Remote Health Monitoring in rural areas of Pakistan to deliver and assist with the delivery of healthcare services can reduce or minimize challenges and burdens patients' encounter, such as transportation issues related to traveling for specialty care. Remote Health Monitoring can also improve monitoring, timeliness, and communications within the healthcare system.
The consortium is committed to apply innovative and cutting technologies likes big data, deep learning, smart sensing, internet of things and seamless communication to address the challenging issues around application and adoption of Remote Health Monitoring in partner country.
The overall objective of developing Smart Healthcare system in Pakistan is to support the provision of health care services. The lack and delay of expert opinion and health services causes high mortality rate in infants and women, in addition monitoring of old patients is also essential to provide quality of health services. Therefore, it is required to develop a system that can provide digital health services to patients living in remote areas of Pakistan which are often difficult to reach.
Investigating how the digital health technologies can be utilized to address the challenges of rural health in Pakistan.
The SAFE-RH consortium will develop Remote Health Monitoring solutions to reduce the mortality rate of women and children, to timely address the maternity related issues in remote areas and to monitor old people.
SAFE-RH will allow for recognizing the challenges in rural health for developing pilots using technologies likes big data, deep learning, smart sensing, internet of things and seamless communication. It will also train health workers and students to use and understand the significance of digital health technologies.
In the target country Pakistan, the use of smart technologies in health is considerably limited than in the EU. The health sector in Pakistan would enormously benefit from emerging technologies as well as technical expertise to ensure high productivity at a global level. The challenges facing these countries to grow their basic health provision urgently need them to develop their technical, management and administrative skills to maintain high-tech to be used in the health to address maternal and children mortality rate, care of old people. The common healthcare related challenges of the partner country Pakistan are following:
The EU and Pakistan HEIs can play huge role for promoting technologies to improve the quality and health in rural areas by providing appropriate training and curriculum. However, most Pakistanis universities have few qualified staff in this multi-disciplinary area, and most course programmes have traditional contents and are outdated. The involvement of the EU and Pakistan institutions at different level of expertise provides an ideal platform for the exchange of generic good practices and the concrete implementation of the project objectives. Smart-Rural-Health is designed to develop capacity in order to promote sustainable development and technology transfer among partners, especially from EU to partner countries.
These aforementioned challenges will be addressed in logical structure begging by the identification of the skill priorities and the requirement of smart health workers, developing an appropriate adaptive learning approach for smart health workers and designing three training programs and learning materials to be trained in local and regional target partners rural areas. To support this program, the project will set-up a state-of-the-art remote monitoring lab that provide a technology transfer interface between European and Asian partners.