Islamabad - Pakistan Medical and Dental Council’s ad-hoc committee in its first meeting decided digitalising record of the council to avoid data tampering, said an official on Saturday.

A nine-member ad-hoc committee had been formed by the Supreme Court to govern matters of the PMDC until election of the next regime. The ad-hoc committee, though, had restrained its role to reforms in the council only, until detailed verdict of the SC, but decided to digitalise the record in the first step, the official said.

The meeting, chaired by Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, decided to start the process of implementing digitalisation of the system for better functioning, improving and revamping Information Technology  system of the council. The official said that the digitalisation was aimed at moving towards paperless governance.

Officials from National Information Technology Board, Farjeel Javed and Bilal Abbasi, briefed the ad-hoc committee in this record.

The digitalisation includes e-office system which is the first step towards automating working of the council. This system will help in eradicating limitations and drawbacks of physical filing, avoiding tempering and ensuring security of the official data and transparency, the official added.

In the next phase, management information system (MIS) will be put in place to help in digitalising system at all institutions imparting medical and dental education and online registration. 

The chairman ad-hoc council in the meeting emphasised that IT reforms and their implementation was a must in the organisation and was need of the time. The purpose of e-office system is to provide a standard platform common to all federal organisations, keeping in view the rules and regulations of the PMDC and to provide a fast, reliable and transparent system for quick disposal of work and to reduce unnecessary delay and cost associated with traditional physical file system and record keeping, he added.

The chairman said that with this system, the doctors and medical and dental institutions would be facilitated promptly. He said that it would help in improving availability of data by utilisation of technology and information system in disposal of day-to-day business of the PMDC. It will improve intercommunication between different departments of the PMDC as well, the chairman said.

The chairman, Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, approved the idea and directed for starting the process immediately, the official narrated.

On his directions, letters have been written to National Informational Technology Board to send a team of experts to start the process, the official said.

Members of the ad-hoc committee are Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan as chairman and eight members including attorney general for Pakistan, federal secretary health, surgeon general of Pakistan Armed Forces, vice chancellors of National University of Medical Sciences, University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre, Karachi, Khyber Medical University, Peshawar and principal Bolan Medical College, Quetta.