The Long-term Medical Holographic program (or LMH, for short) was a hologram developed by Dr. Lewis Zimmerman for Starfleet for use as a fully-fledged medical officer on research outposts, subspace communication stations and long-range exploratory vessels, or anywhere that life support or living space was at a premium and where the primary mission does not require the doctor to leave Sickbay. This project aimed to extend the usability of Zimmerman's previous work, the Emergency Medical Holographic program. He began this project after receiving a request from Starfleet to enhance the lifespan of the EMH in mid-2373.
In designing the LMH, Zimmerman concluded that it would be necessary for the holo-doctor to interact naturally with patients for weeks at a time. In doing so, he felt it necessary for the holo-doctor to be "expected to share amusing anecdotes, extend sympathy, swap dirty jokes, and even have culinary opinions formed by experience."
To further enhance the LMH program, Zimmerman intended to conduct in-depth interviews with Bashir's family, friends, and colleagues in order to build a more rounded psychological profile.
Bashir was later deemed unsuitable as a template due to evidence that he had undergone illegal genetic enhancements. It was never revealed if the project was ever completed. (DS9: "Doctor Bashir, I Presume")
Example LMH programsEdit
- Long-term Medical Holographic Program Test Program 1 - A basic shell sporting Bashir's template with its responses and database taken from a standard EMH Mark I