iSAT Africa - Tele Medicine

The advanced medical sciences

What is Tele-Medicine?

"The delivery of healthcare services, where distance is a critical factor, by all healthcare professionals using information and communication technologies for the exchange of valid information for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and injuries, research and evaluation, and for the continuing education of healthcare providers, all in the interests of advancing the health of individuals and their communities"

iSAT Solution

With the advent of Communication Technology, especially the Satellite Communications combined with Information Technology, we have means to extend the benefits from the advanced medical sciences even to the remote and inaccessible areas. It is known that most of the qualified doctors practice in urban centers, whereas the vast majority of African population lives in the rural areas. Telemedicine/Tele-health, which is of great social relevance to the African Continent for enabling Specialty Healthcare to the remote, rural and underserved population.

Telemedicine facilitates the provision of medical aid from a distance. It is an effective solution for providing specialty healthcare in the form of improved access and reduced cost to the rural patients and the reduced professional isolation of the rural doctors. Telemedicine can enable ordinary doctors to perform extra-ordinary tasks.

Through iSAT Telemedicine solutions, iSAT seamlessly link hospitals and healthcare centers in remote rural areas with specialty hospitals in cities using its VSAT solutions over satellites. Thus, connectivity between patients at remote end and the specialist doctors at urban centers can be established easily and effectively.

iSAT Technology

Telemedicine is a confluence of Communication Technology, Information Technology, Biomedical Engineering and Medical Science. The Telemedicine system consists of customised hardware and software at both the Patient and Specialist doctor ends with some of the Diagnostic Equipments like ECG, X-ray and pathology Microscope/Camera provided at the patient end. They are connected through a iSAT VSAT Solution over Satellite and controlled by the Network Hub Station of iSAT. Through a Telemedicine system consisting of simple computer with communication systems, the medical images and other information pertaining to the patients can be sent to the specialist doctors using iSAT Video conferencing solutions and VSAT solutions over Satellite, either in advance or on a real time basis through the iSAT satellite link in the form of Digital Data Packets. These packets are received at the specialist centre, the images and other information is reconstructed over iSAT Video conference solution so that the specialist doctor can study the data, perform diagnosis, interact with the patient and suggest the appropriate treatment during a iSAT Video Conference with the patient end.

iSAT Telemedicine solution thus enables the specialist doctor and the patient separated by thousands of kilometers to see visually and talk to each other. This enables the specialist doctor to assess the physical and psychological state of the patient and suggest treatment. This remote tele-consultation and treatment is much more valuable in case of post operation (Post Surgery) follow up since the patient is not required to travel unnecessarily and hence saving money and time. In this way, the systematic application of Information and iSAT Communication Technologies to the practice of healthcare rapidly expands the outreach of the healthcare system.

Mobile Telemedicine

Mobile Telemedicine Unit consisting of Medical equipment along with Telemedicine hardware, software and iSAT VSAT system mounted with iSAT solution in a Bus/Van can establish a Mobile Telemedicine centre at any place.

The major area of Mobile Telemedicine applications are in the field of Tele Opthalmology and Community Health. Under Mobile Tele Opthalmology, Rural Eye Camps can be conducted and the Rural Population can undergo eye screening for Cataract, Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy. Under Community Health Program, Mobile Telemedicine units are very useful not only for Disease Prevention but also for Health Promotion in terms of running awareness camps & teaching hygienic practices.

Major areas of Telemedicine Technology Adopted…

Tele- Consultation The Patient over iSAT Telemedicine Solution (VSAT and Video Conference) consults the specialist obtains the line of treatment.
Tele-education For Continuing Medical Education, Training for doctors & paramedics from a higher level Hospital/Institution.
Tele-monitoring Regular monitoring for intensive care & emergency care
Tele-support Support during disaster management