Emergency Medical Holographic Program AK-1
Place of Origin: Jupiter Station, Holo-Programming Center
The Starfleet Emergency Medical Holographic
(EMH) program was introduced in 2370 in the new Starfleet Intrepid-Class
Starships. The EMH was programmed by Dr. Lewis Zimmerman of the Jupiter
Station Holoprogramming Center, assisted by diagnostic engineer Lt.
Reginald Barclay. The hologram is also modeled after Dr. Zimmerman's
appearance. The EMH is meant as a short-term supplement to a starship's
medical staff during an emergency. The EMH is only able to function in
areas equipped with holographic projectors. The projectors generate the
humanoid image and a magnetic containment field. The field allows the
doctor to manipulate physical objects. The EMH is programmed with over 5
million treatments from 2,000 medical references and 47 physicians. The
program also uses a learning algorithm, allowing it to learn and adapt to
new situations. In 2372, the EMH's appearance was updated to reflect the
new Starfleet uniforms. The EMH is now featured in all new Starfleet
The next version of the EMH, the EMH Mark II, is currently
in development. The prototype was installed into the prototype Starfleet
vessel U.S.S. Prometheus NX-59650 in 2374 for field testing. Expected new
features include updated medical references, a more attractive physical
appearance, and a nicer bedside manner.
A supplement to the EMH,
the Long-Term Medical Holographic (LMH) program is also currently under
development by Dr. Zimmerman. The LMH is meant to replace a humanoid
doctor, especially during long-term deep-space
Mark-I installed into Intrepid-Class U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656
Mark-I installed into Sovereign-Class U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E
Dr. Julian Bashir was chosen as the model for LMH program. Rejected after
2374 EMH Mark-II Prototype installed into Prometheus-Class
U.S.S. Prometheus NX-59650.
The Doctor was first seen in "Caretaker" (VOY).