Saving lives with satellite

Published on: Sep 23, 2016

Source: SES & SATMED

SES’ commitment to excellence and innovation in the satellite industry goes beyond traditional applications – it includes saving lives.

Our SATMED healthcare system won the ‘Changing Lives’ category in the VSAT Stellar Awards, which were held in London last week, where we were recognised as one of the companies leading the satellite industry into the future.

SES satellites allow the SATMED e-health platform, funded by the Luxembourg government, to combine multiple medical applications and tools. These operate together on one integrated, cloud-based platform to deliver humanitarian aid to remote and poorly connected areas.

SATMED, which was deployed for the first time during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, provides support to patients in these areas across a wide range of applications. This includes providing communication channels between doctors and medical experts around the world, who can diagnose patients remotely. It also allows access to video conferencing and date connection and analysis.

Our satellite connectivity provides open access e-health services to non-governmental organisations, hospitals, medical universities and other healthcare providers in under-resourced areas.

Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director SES Techcom Services, said that SES is ‘delighted that SATMED has been recognised at such a prestigious awards scheme’.

‘By helping deliver accessible services to remote communities, SATMED has literally changed lives,’ he continued. ‘Thanks to satellite technology, we are now in a position to assist in improving both the speed and quality of healthcare services in remote and isolated regions. This award confirms SES’ commitment to bringing out the best of what satellite can bring to communities.’

@ 2016 SES Africa Connected