Inmarsat collaborates with Cisco to enhance mobile telemedicine solution

Satellite provider Inmarsat has announced a collaboration with Cisco to provide satellite connectivity to enhance the availability of Cisco’s mobile telemedicine system.

According to the companies, the system will be made available in the world’s most remote and underserved communities, with the collaboration designed to enable Cisco to leverage Inmarsat’s global 3G satellite network.

As part of the agreement, medical teams are expected to provide quality healthcare communications services in areas with little or no telecoms infrastructure.

The VX Clinical Assistant gives healthcare facilities, including hospitals and clinics, the ability to interface and collaborate with medical professions using Cisco’s TelePresence to share content and deliver medical care.

“The VX Clinical Assistant is a marvel of medical technology but its ability to help doctors in remote areas to diagnose, treat and monitor patients can be compromised by the absence of reliable terrestrial connectivity,” said Drew Brandy, Inmarsat’s vice president, industry.

The unit further enables the delivery of virtual medical care through HD videoconferencing and real time transmission of key diagnostics ranging from ultrasounds to blood pressure readings.

“Inmarsat is moving into the important areas of eHealth and is committed to help make quality healthcare accessible in the most remote and challenged areas of the world,” said Nada El Marji, Inmarsat’s director, NGO Business.