Telemedicine via VSAT

What to do during an onboard emergency or when diagnosing an illness. Turn the ship or turn to VSAT

What to do during an onboard emergency or when diagnosing an illness.  Turn the ship or turn to VSAT

Another application of a broadband connection is providing tele-medicine for seafarers. Under the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) 2006 rules, shipowners are obliged to provide proper medical care, or give access to professionals that can provide it.

The doctor is in

Broadband Satellite Communication has led to an increase in companies being able to provide remote access to medical teams via web optimized video conferencing technology.

For example, video conferencing with on-call doctors to diagnose and recommend treatment for ill or injured crew members. On-board tele-medicine kits have become available containing a tablet computer, cameras, and medical sensors such as electrocardiography, blood pressure, thermometer and other devices and a tele-medicine service providing cost-effective video conferencing with healthcare specialists.

Using tele-medicine can prevent ship operators from having to divert the vessel for an emergency port call, if remote medical professionals can help other crew members to deal with the health problem. It allows officers to perform medical checks of crew on board to cross-check seafarers local medical tests. 

Continuous remote health care support on board can protect shipowners from retrospective sickness claims, and improve their crew retention rates by boosting on-board morale.

A variety of easy and complex solutions are available depending on your existing or future VSAT system and the requirements you have on your vessel.