The SATMED platform free of charge as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, May 14, 2020
The Friendship Hospital Ship_SATMED
The Friendship Hospital Ship equipped with a SATMED antenna, photo credit Friendship NGO

As published earlier last month, the SATMED platform will become available free of charge to personnel of selected health organisations to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs in Luxembourg reported the beginning of April 2020. SATMED is a multi-level software-as-a-service e-health platform aimed to help healthcare workers in remote and underdeveloped areas to make better use of state-of-the-art information technology and mobile health solutions.

SATMED combines satellite communications, cloud services, eHealth and mobile health tools in a unique solution connecting different medical communities around the globe. Some of the system functionalities, especially helpful during Coronavirus pandemic, are teleconsultation, teleradiology, automated messaging service and health information systems for provisional health centres. SATMED has been in operation since 2014, after the initial rollout in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak.

The owner of the system is the Government of Luxembourg. The key stakeholder in the project is SES, the Luxembourg-based world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of more than 50 geostationary satellites. SATMED is designed to reach communities in remote locations, mostly in developing countries. At places where internet access via the terrestrial infrastructure is not available, global access to the SATMED platform is enabled by SES’ satellite network.

Amphinicy Technologies was a development partner in this project since the very beginning. “We are extremely proud that our Luxembourg office got a chance to support SES TechCom, our long-lasting partner, in developing this extraordinary system, and adapting it to serve local communities”, said Frane Miloš, CEO of Amphinicy Luxembourg.

Read about previous contributions in improving healthcare services and changing lives at the SATMED website.