Access to healthcare services is critical to good health, yet residents of rural & remote regions face a variety of access barriers that limit their ability to obtain the care they need.
Technology is helping to push through these barriers. It’s a critical tool to help reach and provide better healthcare for rural areas. Telemedicine is the health sector term coined for video-conferencing and information exchange between healthcare stations. It is emerging as a technology to complement local health services throughout the globe.
The advantages that satellite communications can bring to telemedicine include instant access to broadband services, particularly in remote areas where telecommunications are inadequate or non-existent, and swift response in disaster situations where speed is vital. Satellites also provide a robust and relatively inexpensive tool, particularly for video links between multiple users. Plus, costs are continually decreasing, and satellites are a tried, tested and extremely reliable means of telecommunication.
By using SATCOM, Diagnostic data, images, and live videos can be transmitted between two locations or to a multi-location conference session. SATCOM also provides the bandwidth to access logistical information and information regarding hospital and medical resources.