The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Committee (I&EE), Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) organized a seminar titled as Innovation in healthcare in Islamabad.

Chairman Pakistan Engineering Council Engr. Najeeb Haroon, Chairman Alsons Group Mr. Abdul Rehman Allana, Dr. Bhawany Shankar Chaudhry, a HEC Distinguished Professor and Mr. Ashraf ul Kabir, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Systems Limited participated the seminar. The guest speaker David J. Howard, a known medical professor and technologist travelled to Pakistan from UK. Dr. Howard gave a detailed presentation on latest Innovation in healthcare in medical sciences, biomedical engineering and devices. He stated that, “Indus valley civilization considered the most hygienic civilization in the history. He also shared his global experience as regards new needs and requirements in the field of health care systems in the developing countries”.

Pakistan should look in to the high technology biomedical equipment. Past studies shows that Pakistan is capable to provide biomedical solutions in respiratory diseases. This is the main area where Pakistan can excel by focusing on LMIC, invasive ventilation devices and so on. Negative Pressure Respiratory Support System is the open opportunity for Pakistan that can be focused not only in LMIC but specifically in Muslim countries. Chairman PEC Engr Haroon shared the council’s efforts to support innovative ideas by the industry and academia and informed the moot about resolving issues of engineering community and the industry.

He further added that, “PEC is serving the needs of engineering in Pakistan. Our objective is to support indigenous efforts. Brain drain hits Pakistan very badly but even than Pakistan still struggling”. He further said “there is a lot more to be done and PEC will keep bridging the academia and industry to improve entrepreneurship in Pakistan PEC is also playing its role in how to go for localization in different markets to reduce the import bill”. Dr. Bhawany Shankar Chaudhry, a HEC Distinguished Professor said that “Pakistan do not need short cuts but great support in terms of regulations which will help to improve Innovation in healthcare in Pakistan and earn billions of dollars by exporting medical equipment from Pakistan”.

Mr. Ashraf ul Kabir from Systems Limited highlightes the market and technology trends present in the healthcare sector and the contributions done by Systems Limited in terms of expertise and solutions to healthcare clients globally. “Systems Limited is working tremendously and in depth in the healthcare sector by leveraging data in each stage of the whole pharma process using data analytics,” said Mr. Ashraf ul Kabir. Mr Allana shared his experience how his industry started manufacturing biomedical devices and became the very first Pakistani company to produce locally manufactured device.

Alsons Group of Industries, a leading industrial group in Pakistan collaborated the event, sponsored by Systems Limited, the premier technology organization in Pakistan, with a track record of over 45 years of providing successful solutions to complex business problems under digital, data, cloud and business process outsourcing. The moot was participated by Secretary Planning & Development, Special Secretary Health, CEO Ignite, officials from DRAP, professors from NUST and other engineering, universities, NESCOM, doctors and medical technologists.

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