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.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
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
- 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
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
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Aiming to help healthcare providers make better use of information technology and mobile health solutions in remote and underserved areas.
Vetted Performance Status
Complementary Technical Systems
Academic Research and References
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.
Compliance with regulations
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