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French research vessels roll out telemedicine service

Genavir, the vessel operating arm of Ifremer (the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea), has rolled out the Marlink XChange Telemed crew health and safety management service across five ocean-going research vessels; Alis, Antea, L’Atalante, Pourquoi Pas? and Thalassa.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}All five vessels are part of the French Oceanographic Fleet and have been equipped with Marlink VSAT for the last six years. The XChange Telemed system is integrated with those connectivity services, while adding a reinforced, vibration-proof hard-case with CE certified medical equipment for on board diagnostics by designated medical crew.

The system is controlled using a touch-screen interface and is linked with a High Definition (HD) camera to provide a direct live video feed  to doctors on shore.

Medical diagnostic data taken from the medical instruments can be viewed remotely alongside the patient’s own medical file in the online XChange Telemed web portal, providing the remote doctor with information about the specific illness or injury in addition to the patient’s medical history during video consultations.

The telemedicine sessions are bandwidth prioritised to ensure high availability of service for connecting with medical staff ashore, where customers can choose between utilising remote medical assistance from compatible public Telemedical Maritime Assistance Service (TMAS) centres, or an appointed doctor or private medical organisation.

“By combining live data from the onboard medical kit and patient file with a live video link XChange Telemed enables professional support from shore for trained medical personnel on board,” said Pierre Aldebert, QHSE manager, Genavir.

“It will help to diagnose conditions and develop treatments for crew members and scientists, which may enable our ships to remain at sea and complete their mission in the event of illness or injury.”{/mprestriction}

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