First-of-its-kind telemedicine drone kit launched.

KARACHI -- A specialised telemedicine drone kit was on Friday launched at a seminar where Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho announced a telehealth project for primary healthcare for rural areas.

The drone kit developed by Tech4Life is equipped with high resolution cameras and network capacity for telemedicine consultations, along with the devices to examine the patients in far-flung areas.

'It's the first of its kind in the world and has the brand name of our products - Sojro - which means light in Sindhi language. Many different models of telemedicine drone kits will be launched in near future for different niche markets,' Dr Shariq Khoja, chief executive officer of Tech4Life Enterprises, told the seminar on telemedicine for enhancing flood response at a local hotel.

The drones, he explained, could be used by health and humanitarian organisations all over the world, including disaster and military organisations, emergency care bodies and set-ups of ambulances, hospitals and primary healthcare in remote areas.

Health minister announces telehealth project for rural areas

'The devices have been designed as highly innovative, yet affordable and scalable solutions to transform healthcare in difficult areas. They can reach specific locations using GPS technology,' he said.

Dr Khoja told the audience that the Tech4Life's team of scientists from Pakistan and Canada had designed several groundbreaking solutions in the past, for instance, telemedicine software, digital stethoscopes, digital dermatology and ENT cameras, Sojro telemedicine kits, and evaluation tools for telemedicine programmes.


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