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How healthy are you? Crew welfare experts offer free health tests at Sea Asia

Posted on 17th April 2017

“How healthy are you?” That’s the question that global maritime technology innovator Martek Marine is asking at Sea Asia 2017, as they invite all delegates to undertake a free health check using their new telemedicine device iVital™.

Following a 2-year development process, Martek Marine has launched the first marine approved, wireless telemedicine solution available for a monthly fee. iVital™ advances offshore medical care, reduces unnecessary ship diversions and saves lives. Currently, the only maritime telemedicine solution available costs over $30,000 (not including telemedical assistance), meaning it’s not a viable option for many shipowners. Available with no capital investment, iVital™ is cost-effective and accessible.

“We’re inviting all delegates to come and try iVital™ on themselves at Sea Asia,” says Charlie Whyman, Martek Marine, Head of Marketing. “Delegates can come and check their vital signs, to see how they compare to recommended health guidelines, thus gaging how healthy they really are!”

iVital’s innovative monitoring devices are equipped with fully wireless sensors which are designed to be attached to seafarers to record their vital signs. The system comes equipped with; a blood pressure monitor; pulse oximeter; IR forehead thermometer; ECG monitor and a glucometer. At sea, vital signs data is transmitted via a wireless connection to an onshore doctor. This data, is used alongside a high-definition video service to then assess the patient.

iVital™ is the only complete telemedicine solution in the world to include; hardware; software; connectivity; an encrypted server and a clinician service, all for a fixed monthly fee. The system is supplied with industrial-quality, medically certified hardware (including a tablet PC) and software and enables immediate access to advice from NHS-trained consultants 24/7. Data is secured via an encrypted NHS cloud server and patient records are stored in accordance with Information Governance standards to ensure patient confidentiality.

An end to costly and dangerous consequences associated with traditional methods of handling medical emergencies, such as unnecessary exacerbation of the crew member’s condition, quarantined ships, medical diversions or delays, iVital™ also allows ongoing monitoring of patients whilst at sea in the case of chronic conditions, or mental health concerns.

The impact of iVital™ on safety of life at sea is huge, with benefits including; increased patient engagement; better patient care quality; quicker and more convenient clinical access; a reduction in lost time through illness and injury; improved crew retention and reduced, unnecessary patient evacuations.

In addition to presenting iVital™ at Sea Asia, Martek Marine will also have further products within their crew welfare range on show, including Lifeforce® AED which is the world’s first automatic marine industry defibrillator.

Martek Marine is on the NHS procurement framework for the whole of the UK, as well as being recommended supplier to Ambulance Service programs for automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Using this experience, combined with a background in disruptive technology for the marine industry, crew welfare solution Lifeforce® AED was born and is the only automatic defibrillator to be Type Approved by Germanischer Lloyd (GL).

Sea Asia takes place between April 25th and April 27th at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore and Martek Marine can be found on stand B2-D21.

Martek Marine have offices in the UK and Singapore servicing over 80 countries. Delegates not able to attend the event, are invited to contact Martek Marine to arrange a meeting.