A virtual open platform that serves as a rapid connectivity tool for critical situations.
The SATMED is an e-health platform that enables satellite connectivity. Different health care providers use this tool, including institutes for global health, hospitals, and medical universities.
The purpose of the product is to help healthcare providers make use of information technologies and various mobile health solutions in underserved areas. The main services offered are satellite connectivity, data storage and offline capabilities, and different e-health applications.
The platform was developed by SES S.A., based in Luxembourg.
SES TechCom S.A. (link to demo version)
Various partners around the world: Friendship, Archemed, Fondation follereau Luxembourg, German Doctor e.V., Cure International, Charite University Hospital, The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ)Interview with manufacturer
SATMED provides price quotes directly to interested clients upon request and eligibility criteria Interview with manufacturer
Health workers, health community centers, doctors, medical universities, Ministries of Health Interview with manufacturer
All services are provided through a contract that includes terms and conditions of use. Interview with manufacturer
According to SATMED, there are now more than 10 deployments worldwide.
Connectivity requirement for the product/service to work (mobile internet, SMS, voice, fixed internet, Wi-Fi, other [specify]).
Coverage required for the product/service to work (2G, 3G, 4G, LTE, broadband, dial-up, other [specify]).
Device features required for the product/service to work (bluetooth, Wi-Fi, camera, IVR, GPS, accelerometers/motion sensors, physiologic biosensors, biometric identifiers, SIM, memory card (e.g microSD), other [specify]).
Device(s) type required for the product/service to work (smartphone, feature phone, computer, tablet, other [specify]).
Connectivity requirement for the product/service to work. Some apps/services can work offline. If no, specify if network connectivity is needed at any point (e.g connectivity needed for download).
Is the product/service able to receive and send back information to the user?
Rates of user vs downloads/subscriptions – Compliance rate for the eHealth service
Support according to the literacy level required from the user. If yes, specify type of literacy support. If no, the user is intended to be literate.
Operating system required and software version (Android, IOs, Windows, other [specify])
Power supply required for the product/service to work (uninterrupted prower supply (UPS), ocassional power supply [minimum time required], other).
Education and behavior change, human resource management, decision support, data collection & analytics, electronic medical records, Healthcare provider- CHW training, telemedicine/remote diagnostic, stock management, disease surveillance and reporting
- E-Health records: By using OpenMRS app it is possible to collect electronic health information of patient populations through Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
- Health Information Management: District Health Information System (DHIS), Kobo Toolbox, and RapidPro
- Consultancy: This tool can be used to exchange information and seek second opinions or for educational purposes
- Cloud service: Data storage and back-up
- E-Imaging and teleradiology: Easily upload, manage, and store different formats of images. To ensure privacy the images are uploaded with a pseudonym.
- Group management: Allows users to create groups based on common areas of expertise
- E-learning: based on Moodle platform
– 1st Party applications: DrHouse, DrWatson, DrVision are Python-built applications
– 3rd Party applications: Moodle, DHIS2, RapidPro, OpenMRS, KoboToolBox
– SSO: Single-sign-on platforms using CAS – Central Authentication Service Interview with manufacturer
SATMED is a SaaS that provides technical support services. An SLA is available for customers that includes continuous monitoring, end to end case, and fault management.
Components, replacement, and spare parts will vary depending on the different services provided by SATMED and acquired by the client. Interview with manufacturer
Aiming to help healthcare providers make better use of information technology and mobile health solutions in remote and underserved areas.
Hoffman, M. and Florey, L.F., 2015, Humanitarian Law Implemented: Space Communication in the Service of International Humanitarian Law, 58th IISL Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space (E7), Paper ID: 29996, pp. 2-7.
Leurquin, C. and Vernile, A., 2016, Chapter 13: Satellite Connectivity for Development, Yearbook on Space Policy 2016, Springer International Publishing AG 2018.
Rooke, R., 2012, SATMED: Legal Aspects of the Physical Layer of Satellite Telemedicine, Michigan Journal of International Law, 34, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law.
SATMED operates in accordance with the Data Protection Laws and complies with EU regulations and the GDPR. Local national policies and regulations need to be addressed in specific deployment locations. Interview with manufacturer
The National Commision for Data Protection (CNPD) is an independent authority established by the Act of August 2, 2002 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and was involved in the design phase of SATMED. CNDP is responsible for verifying the legality of the files and any collection, use, and transmission of information concerning identifiable individuals and must ensure in this context respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons, including their private lives. Interview with manufacturer
Although no testing has currently been done, performance parameters include bandwidth, packet loss, latency, and signal degradation due to natural phenomena such as rain.
There are two parts to their internal evaluations: connectivity and software. For software evaluation the partners/customers complete surveys related to sustainability, social impact, organizational impact, training required, monitoring capability, and dissemination to other entities.Interview with manufacturer
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