IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT)
Technology as a whole, not computer sciences only, is
the backbone of any management system, particularly
so for a system to deliver a satisfactory social service,
and ensure protection of the people from hazards. For
Health sector the importance of Information Technology
is immense and does not need any justification in the
modern scientific times. Its application range from
Training to Service delivery, that is, in every aspect
of Healthcare work and service delivery be it a hospital,
a laboratory, a rural health system, or management and
planning systems the importance of IT as a tool is growing
rapidly. It is but natural that an Institute of Public
Health simply had to put this agenda on its top priority
listing. The areas of IT focused for development are:
and Electronic Data Processing Technology.
Presentation Graphics Technology.
Audio-Visual Technology (primarily Video systems).
Document Processing and Reproduction System.
capacity in IT was given maximum importance along with
other basic developments targeted sine the initial phase
of the development of the IPHQ. The focus involved attention
on the following main areas:
Infrastructure and Equipment
Resource and Skill Development
output and Research Objectives
the Grace of Almighty Allah IPHQ has been overwhelmingly
successful in achieving its objectives on all fronts.
And now it can claim to be among the institutions having
the highest and best level of competence in the field
of 'IT' in the province.
there are more than 70 computer systems functioning
in the IPHQ and its Research and Model Development Projects.
The system itself functions in the following independent
and separate Cells:
Hardware Maintenance System
Central Data Entry Facility
Network Printing System
Information Technology Cell
Central Photostat Pool
Still Photography System
the above the Information Systems Cell is primarily
a line function unit and concerns with the routine IT
activities, while the Information Technology Cell is
an elite unit and concerns with the service and output
related activities including research programmes of
which the current is the GIS Development Programme.
These operational units form the prime operational capacity
of the IPHQ in IT and its application development endeavours.
Some of the major milestones in IT Development are as
The pride performance, which proved the metal
of IPHQ in the field of IT, was the initiative by
the Commander HQ Qta Log Area, Brig Shafqat Mahmood
and his team coordinated by Col.Saadat Ali Shah and
Lt.Col.Shahab during October 2000, which actually
brought to light the capacity of the IPHQ in IT. The
IPHQ shall forever remain obliged to these fine officers
of the Pakistan Army who were instrumental in allowing
IPHQ to demonstrate and establish its skills and capacity
to produce results in IT. The performance spans:
Full data analysis and liaison of the Health Survey-2000;
data-base designing for special reporting;
Desk Top Publications;
Audio and Video Recording and Playback;
Data and Graphics Designing and Display;
system including telephony, display materials, and
required human and miscellaneous support for the
continuation to the opportunity in the shape of the
exercise for Health Reforms, the most effective and
comprehensive opportunity, which tested all skills
and capacities of the IPHQ to the limits, was the
Devolution of Power Plan assignment, the assistance
to the PTTS (Provincial Transition Team's Secretariat).
This is claimed to be the best productive and most
comprehensive output by the IPHQ on the IT side till
date, and spans:
designing for special reporting;
Top Publications (the most extensive exercise for
Devolution of Power Plan undertaken by IPHQ);
Audio and Video Recording and Reporting;
Data and Graphics Designing and Display;
Communication system including telephony, display
materials, and video displays;
The required human and miscellaneous support for
addition to the above pride achievements the IPHQ
has succeeded in the following IT development and
capacity building objectives: o Development of a formal
short course for Computer Training and Office Management.
Development of a GIS Initiative for Healthcare work.
Development for hardware maintenance.
Capacity initiative for software development.
Computerisation of Office systems.
Computerised OPD Ticketing and Revenue Generation
Systems for Sandeman (Provincial) Hospital, and
Bolan Medical Complex Hospital, Quetta.
Computerisation of Health Department