(MENAFN - Gulf Times) * MoTC programme also plays key role in environment sector
The Smart Qatar Programme (Tasmu), one of the key initiatives led by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), is a highly valued programme for the health sector in Qatar, a health official has said.
Commenting on the achievements of Tasmu in the healthcare sector, Dr Juliet Ibrahim, eHealth director at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), said: 'Tasmu is a highly valued programme for the health sector in Qatar, as it will provide smart services that aim to improve the timeliness and convenience of healthcare services, as well as support improved health outcomes through innovative digital services and applications.
The MoTC recently stressed that "remarkable achievements" were accomplished by Tasmu in 2020 in terms of smart solution.
In the healthcare sector, working closely with the MoPH and other stakeholders, Tasmu accelerated the implementation of Virtual Consultation service, which ensured that the local community is empowered to curb the Covid-19 pandemic and can access medical advice, diagnosis and prescriptions from the comfort and safety of their homes, the MoTC said in a statement.
The first virtual consultation clinic was launched on March 26, 2020 and 188 clinics had been made available to date across the MoPH, Primary Health Care Corporation, Hamad Medical Corporation and Sidra Medicine. Since then, more than 720,000 voice and video consultations have been conducted with patients from over 100 different nationalities in collaboration with healthcare providers, of which more than 56,000 were done through the Tasmu Virtual Consultation solution.
In the Environment sector, Tasmu's Digital Farmer Community solution has been successfully piloted in collaboration with the Agricultural Affairs department of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME). Being developed exclusively for the farming community, the solution provides localised agriculture information and crop-specific advice. Leveraging IoT and satellite technology, the solution establishes a national repository of knowledge for all farms in Qatar, helping increase farms' productivity while reducing the usage of fertilisers and pesticides.
In 2020, seven farms participated in the pilot phase, which tested some of the platform features ahead of the full launch planned to take place in 2021 that will grant all farms in Qatar with full access to the smart solution. The sophisticated solution integrated real-time weather data from the Qatar Meteorology Department and high-resolution satellite images from the Centre for Geographic Information System to assist farms with professional advice on production planning, crop best practices, pest and disease management.
The year 2020 also saw the successful completion of phase one of the National Food Security Analytics solution, in collaboration with the Food Security Department of the MME, which acts as a centralised database integrating insightful information from various stakeholders and provides recommendations to government officials and business owners to help safeguard national food security by unlocking the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven decision making. Empowering import diversification and promoting local production, the pilot solution will see the addition of more features in 2021 when it is fully launched.
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