Improved satellite-based connectivity will allow communities in developing countries to receive better healthcare services including distant diagnostics, instant analyses as well as remote medical trainings for local medical staff

Mercy Ships, the leading humanitarian mission delivering vital healthcare and medical training in some of the world’s most economically deprived regions, has announced it will be using life-saving connectivity solutions provided by SES Networks to provide better healthcare services, the two companies announced today.

The Global Mercy, the newest and the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, will leverage SES Networks’ Signature Maritime Solution, bringing about a substantial change in diagnostics and treatment onboard for its patients. The high-performance connectivity services will enable the Global Mercy to fully implement remote viewing for a compact digital scope and CT scanner that enables specialist pathologists to remotely diagnose a raft of complex, life threatening, or deadly diseases onboard.

Mercy Ships will also leverage the connectivity to expand services and leave local communities with sustainable skills to care for their own. The Global Mercy medical staff will have the possibility to run live HD video training sessions from the operating room on board to deliver unparalleled medical training and support.

Dave Shwadlenak, Vice President of Information Services at Mercy Ships said, “By increasing our connectivity by 10-fold, we will have access to multiple gigabits of capacity, low latency and a lot more flexibility. SES Networks is fundamentally changing the level of services we offer and the legacy of sustainable healthcare we can establish before the Global Mercy departs.

The majority of our patients have an income of less than USD $2 a day and can’t access quality healthcare without Mercy Ships. Thanks to SES Networks we have been able to expand the life-transforming surgeries and medical care that we can provide, and I’m looking forward to seeing the difference it will be making to hundreds of people’s lives every single week.”

Shot of a group of young doctors having a video conference with a laptop in a hospital

Simon Maher, Vice President of Sales, Cruise and Maritime at SES Networks, said, “Nothing pleases us more at SES Networks than seeing how the connectivity we provided can positively impact people’s lives. We are proud to be working with Mercy Ships here as they leverage advanced satellite technology to fulfil their mission of delivering healthcare services to communities of the developing countries.

The combination of world-class connectivity and world-class healthcare is making a lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of people across some of the poorest countries in the world, and we look forward to many more years of transformational partnership.”

Suzanne Ong- photos Mercy Ships

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