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SES VSAT and e-Health systems for FRIENDSHIP

Satellite operator SES and FRIENDSHIP, a non-governmental organisation, have installed maritime VSAT systems with an e-Health platform on three of FRIENDSHIP’s floating hospital ships – Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital, Emirates Friendship Hospital and Rongdhonu Friendship Hospital (formerly the Rainbow Warrior II).

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The systems were installed with the assistance of local partner Square Informatix in Bangladesh.

The SATMED satellite-based telemedicine platform will enable FRIENDSHIP to establish communications with national and international doctors from remote areas, to provide medical counselling to marginalised communities.

SATMED works on a cloud infrastructure that facilitates data exchanges for items such as electronic medical records and teleradiology systems. The project is funded by the Luxembourg Government and implemented in cooperation with SES Techcom Services and e-Medical Communication (eMC).

“The SATMED project is a great illustration of a true partnership between governments, the private sector and NGOs. Mutual trust and collaboration can enable innovative steps forward, and lead to deep benefits that impact directly on the beneficiaries,” said Runa Khan, founder and executive director of FRIENDSHIP in Bangladesh.

“SATMED gives us a tool by which we are able to bring in specialised services of e-learning, special doctors, specialised back office resources, decisions of problems and ethical decisions, all this can be centralised and the same message can be given organisation wide.”{/mprestriction}

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