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Pay-monthly telemedicine launched by Martek

Martek Marine has launched a new telemedicine system called iVital, which will be made available to ships with no capital outlay on a monthly subscription basis.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Ships can use the service to call on advice and get preliminary diagnoses from on-shore registered UK clinicians, using Skype to allow the doctor to monitor the patient’s vital signs and deliver a diagnosis.

The iVital system requires a satellite or on-board Wi-Fi connection in order for the Skype call and health monitoring to work, and a minimum term contract is required for installation.

“We're so excited to deliver this system to the marine industry. Previous telehealth systems have been incredibly costly, eliminating them as an option for many ship operators. With iVital, the pay-monthly set up allows any vessel to have the system on-board and ready to use without a huge capital outlay,” said Paul Luen, CEO of Martek Marine.

“The quality of clinicians available at the other end of the telemedicine system is second-to-none, and they can be reached at any time of day, anywhere in the world, for a comprehensive preliminary diagnosis captains can trust.”

“The significant number of unnecessary diversions that can now be avoided every year will save the shipping industry an estimated $168 million. We hope that by offering the iVital telemedicine system on a pay-monthly, no capital outlay package, we can encourage ship operators to improve their crew welfare and slash diversion costs and help the global shipping industry to improve its approach to healthcare.”

The telemedicine system includes heart and glucose monitors, blood pressure equipment, a thermometer and pulse oximeter, all linked to an iVital tablet designed with Level 1 NHS document encoding alongside an N3 encrypted data storage network for patient confidentiality.

If a patient is found to require hospitalisation, the service will help vessels to coordinate a medevac or arrange further healthcare at any port.{/mprestriction}

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