SES launches e-health platform to enhance healthcare access in Mindanao

SATMED will allow doctors deliver accessible e-health services to remote communities in the island of Mindanao.

By Adrian M. Reodique
July 22, 2016

The satellite dish which was installed at the German Doctors' hospital in Buda. Photo by SES. 

SES S.A., the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, and non-governmental organisation (NGO) German Doctors have jointly launched a satellite-based e-health platform at the German Doctor's hospital in Buda, Marilog District, Davao City.

The platform called "SATMED" will allow German Doctors to improve the healthcare provision and deliver accessible e-health services to remote communities in the island of Mindanao. SATMED was developed by SES techcom services - a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES - and funded by the Luxembourg Government.

"More than 200,000 people are living within the catchment area of the Buda Community Health Care Centre - about half of those coming from the indigenous population, who often have no access to medical care and whose lives are below the poverty line. German Doctors is committed to improving healthcare services for local communities, but poor terrestrial connectivity in rural locations poses obstacles in analysing and monitoring our patients' health problems, accessing their medical records, providing follow up of care, and managing other areas of our outreach," said Dietmar Schug, Managing Director of German Doctors which is one of the partner NGOs of SATMED during the ongoing pilot phase.

"SATMED and its suite of medical applications opens up healthcare possibilities and boosts our efforts in making accessible, quality healthcare a reality for these remote communities," Schug continued.

Through SATMED's e-learning solutions via satellite connectivity, local medical professionals can improve healthcare in Mindanao. Photo by SES. 

Through SATMED, health professionals will be able to collect the patient's data using only a mobile device. The data will then be processed, aggregated, and synchronised on SATMED's cloud platform.

The platform is also with a text messaging function to allow doctors to keep tabs on large group of patients living in remote villages who use mobile phones as main communication tool.

In addition, the e-health platform will enable German Doctors to communicate with medical experts around the world via video conferencing. It also opens a new opportunity to conduct training of local health professionals.

SES said SATMED can improve the public health in developing countries by enabling the integration of multiple medical applications and tools on a single platform over satellite broadband services.

"The implementation of SATMED - through satellite connectivity - makes digital imaging, e-learning and consultation, and other e-health solutions, available to the local medical community," said Glen Tindall, Vice President of Sales at SES in Asia Pacific.