Telemedicine and the broader concept of Telehealth involves the use of electronic communication to provide diagnosis and/or clinical care, advice and information from the medical provider to the patient or care-giver in a remote location.
Our Medical Advice At Sea is the result of several years’ experience in formulating medical management protocols specifically designed for the maritime community’s singular needs. We are expert in remotely evaluating shipboard injury and illness. We are adept in advising the ship’s captain as to whether onboard treatment is sufficient and consistent with the highest quality care necessary, or if land-based treatment and/or emergency evacuation or deviation is required. We advise and assist , around the clock , the ship’s captain with onboard diagnosis and treatment options .
In many instances, we are able to remotely diagnose and advise the Captain how to treat the seafarer onboard the vessel, using the ship’s medicine chest. Together with the Captain’s and the crewman’s unanimous agreement, frequently are able to clear the seafarer to return to duty, without ever leaving the ship. This result not only provides the mariner with peace of mind, it saves the shipowner the considerable costs associated with shoreside medical treatment, including medical provider fees, transportation and labor down time, some or all of which may be direct out-of-pocket expenditures.
By providing immediate medical diagnosis and treatment advice to the ship’s Captain our Medical Advice At Sea promotes crew health and saves the shipowner money below his insurance deductible or that is otherwise non reimbursable. When medically appropriate, treating shipboard injury or illness onboard can shorten recovery time, postpone or eliminate the necessity of shore-side treatment, and avoid costly and unnecessary deviation or emergency evacuations.
Unlike free government telemedical services, or some of those run by individual hospitals, our service is far more efficient & cost effective. Our follow up assures that the seafarer’s medical treatment is managed from onboard the ship to the hospital through repatriation and convalescence.
Our Medical Advice at Sea reduces the shipowner’s overall medical claims cost, both below and above the insurance deductible. We reduce costly litigation through improving the speed and quality of medical care provided to the shipowner’s crew.
The correct Medical Advice at Sea literally saves lives.