New video telemedicine initiative

10 Jun 2013

Software developer Diginonymous LLC and the Maritime Medical Access Program at The George Washington University (GWU) Medical Faculty Associates have teamed up to offer an advanced shipboard video telemedicine service for the international maritime industry.

This will help clients meet the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) 2006 requirements for crew healthcare.

The GWU Maritime Medical Access Program and Diginonymous developed the Digi+Doc service, a maritime medical solution, to provide immediate, round-the-clock phone and video medical consults for ships at sea. Digi+Doc subscribers, including current shipowners such as Maersk Line, have immediate access to a team of more than 550 physicians and specialists at the GWU Medical Faculty.

Digi+Doccommunications systems are based on the DigiGone software platform, which offers low-cost, encrypted video and audio conferencing, video streaming, Voice over IP (VoIP), IM Chat and file transfer, optimised for maritime satellite channels. The DigiGone software installs on most PCs, laptops, tablets or smartphones. It can work over VSAT, Inmarsat, Thuraya IP and other networks.

In addition to teleconferencing, Diginonymous’ Remote Viewing Station (RVS) for Telemedicine enhances a vessel’s ability to access medical services and transmit medical data. The kit facilitates the real-time transmission of data from the ship to a remote clinician through instruments such as a handheld electrocardiogram device, blood pressure machine, electronic thermometer and microscope camera.

The DigiGone video software and hardware kit can also be used for other shipboard applications such as troubleshooting equipment failures and real-time anti-piracy security, in addition to telemedicine.

All that’s needed for shipowners to take advantage of Digi+Doc is to install the DigiGone software on a shipboard computer, and sign up for an annual subscription to the Maritime Medical Access Service at GWU.

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