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Bangladesh to bring 2,000 hospitals under digital system: ICT Minister

State Minister Palak said the medicine and diagnosis records would be brought under the interoperable system through centralized health management software.

Dhaka — State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak has said that telemedicine services will be launched in 16,000 community hospitals across the country and more than 2,000 hospitals will be brought under the digital system.

The state minister was speaking as the chief guest at a virtual seminar on “Digitalization in Healthcare in Corona today”. Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the country’s medical sector would be made completely technology-dependent, adding that every hospital in the country would be run centrally by ensuring the use of technology.

State Minister Palak said the medicine and diagnosis records would be brought under the interoperable system through centralized management software.

“Initiatives will also be taken to exchange information between public and private hospitals and to ensure that every citizen can digitally store their health records.”

 He said that in order to implement this goal, about 16 trillion takas Digital Health for Nation project is being taken up in an integrated manner at the initiative of ICT department.

Under this, 30 types of health services are being digitalized in Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital as a pilot project. Later this program will be implemented in every district and upazila hospital.

He further said that in the last 16 months, information and services have always been provided to more than 6 million people through Helpline 333 on its own initiative. 98 lakh people have registered to get vaccinated in the vaccine management system “Suokkha” created by the ICT department.

Suhrawardy Hospital Director Professor A BM Maksudul Alam, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Vice-Chancellor. Sharfuddin Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor of Chittagong Medical University Ismail Khan, Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical Director Brigadier General Brian Bankim Haldar, Director General of Health Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam and Additional Secretary of Health Syed Mujibul Haque and E.

Generation’s Shamim Ahsan spoke from the connected.

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