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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 

Vikand Solutions, a maritime medical operations and healthcare company, has signed up as a Certified Inmarsat Application Provider and will launch what it says is the first all-inclusive total healthcare solution platform for the global shipping industry.

Vikand HealthNet integrates all aspects of healthcare and medical operations for vessel owners and operators, using satellite communication tools and medical technology, supported by an experienced maritime medical team.

Vikand offers a complete turnkey medical solution, said to be simple to use and requiring limited bandwidth. HealthNet will cover all aspects of the vessel owners’ ongoing healthcare needs including urgent care, monthly house doctor calls, chronic disease management, crew wellness, medical chest management, medical equipment technical support, a customised mental health programme and a 24/7 medical emergency support line. By managing the entire healthcare needs for a vessel owner, the attached cost to the owner will be reduced, and efficiency enhanced. 

The service will operate over a Dedicated Bandwidth APN on Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service.

“By providing this application we will offer a unique opportunity to provide global seafarers all over the world easy access to healthcare, focusing on early intervention, a key in healthcare not available onboard ships today. This will ensure a much safer and healthier environment onboard offering our seafarers an opportunity to leave the ship healthier than when they joined. Our shared vision for our partnership is to ensure a healthier environment onboard ships, early intervention when seafarers are not well and a rapid support system in the event of an emergency, utilizing the communication strength of Inmarsat. This is a perfect combination of technology driving value” said Peter Hult, CEO, Vikand.

Marco Cristoforo Camporeale, Head of Digital Solutions, Inmarsat Maritime, said: “This partnership will help save lives at sea by helping diagnose medical problems quicker and allowing companies to respond earlier in case of medical emergencies. As part of our new suite of Maritime Digital Solutions, our Dedicated Bandwidth Services are available across either our Fleet Xpress or FleetBroadband networks and are designed specifically for applications such as Vikand Health Net that need direct access to the vessel and  cannot be constrained or interrupted by crew or operational traffic.”

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