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Telemedicine solution from GHC

Germany’s Global Health Care (GHC) reports that it is developing a telemedicine solution for offshore windfarms and rescue vessels, in partnership with two Berlin hospitals and the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS), headquartered in Bremen.

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The system will be based around GHC’s AescuLink technology, and will feature real time audio and video communication, as well as live transmission of vital parameters such as ECG data, heart rate, arterial oxygen saturation, and temperature.

GHC is a subsidiary of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, one of Europe’s largest university medical centres. Doctors from Charité, along with doctors from emergency hospital Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin, will be available around the clock to provide their medical expertise in emergency situations.

Video assistance will be delivered to seafarers via either satellite or mobile communications networks. Windfarms will be the first to benefit, with the system planned to rollout to maritime rescue vessels in the future. 

“We plan to equip the search and rescue vessels of the DGzRS with the named technology so that we can apply it not only during emergency situations in offshore wind farms, but also during classic ‘high sea’ rescue and emergency operations,” said Nicolaus Stadeler, managing director of the DGzRS.

GHC says the system can be operated by people without medical experience, and that the technology facilitates monitoring of the patient during transport to shore by helicopter or rescue vessel.

“We have developed a technology which excels in easy and intuitive handling, light network payload and high resilience, even in the case of a shaky link quality,” said Dr Trong-Nghia Nguyen-Dobinsky, managing director of GHC. 

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