DELTASS (Disaster Emergency Logistic Telemedicine Advanced Satellite System) is a space based system designed to improve the benefits and efficiency of the management of the rescue, first medical aid and emergency operations in disaster situations like earthquakes or explosions. In such situations, the existing terrestrial infrastructures could be damaged. The space systems then suitably complement partly destroyed terrestrial infrastructures to answer to the requirements of emergency healthcare services such as fast deployment of the management of the logistic and medical means or remote medical expertise.
The DELTASS system enables the mobile paramedical or medical teams to co-ordinate their medical actions towards victims, to generate and transmit localisation and medical data directly from the disaster fields to a coordination centre in an automatic and easy way, using adapted light space-backed equipment. DELTASS system allows also distant medical equipment or images manipulations and real time telediagnosis by specialised medical doctors on remote sites.
DELTASS project aimed to demonstrate the added value brought by the Space systems in the area of Telemedecine applications in particular when and where the terrestrial systems are no longer available or no longer performant. The demonstration scenarios have focused on the ability of the proposed satellite based system to provide fast and efficient services for emergency medicine.
DELTASS project proposes an operational information system adapted to the needs of disaster medicine and other medical emergency services as mountain medicine or assistance to travellers.
The DELTASS demonstration have shown the benefits of the use of space systems, particulaly in the following areas:
DELTASS is based on the requirements of healthcare services in disaster situations. Its concept also covers other operational mobile applications needs.
The different components of DELTASS system are:
Search And Rescue (SAR) teams
First Medical Aid (FMA) teams
Medical Monitoring in Ambulance teams.
The project was planed in 3 main phases :
The system Review held on December 11, 2001 has been successfully completed. The System Commissioning Review have been held in part at CANNES on the 17 September 2002 and the other part at Toulouse on the 26 September 2002.
On the 17th September 2002, the functional tests on the telemedical services between Cannes (simulating the MFH) and Berlin (as Reference Hospital) have been shown. The link between Toulouse and Cannes via Berlin for the patient data transmission has also been tested. During the 26th September 2002 session at Cannes, the functional tests on the Mobility segment have been shown. All the tests performed during theses two Commissioning Review meetings were successfully done.
Two public demonstrations of DELTASS were performed:
These 2 demonstrations raised quite a big interest in the press, see 'related links'.
The DELTASS project final Review held on December 17th, 2002 has been successfully completed.
The prototype system developed under DELTASS is being carried forward by the project I-DISCARE, partly funded by ESA as part of the ARTES 3 Applications Programme, with Prime MEDES. I-DISCARE is dedicated to develop and pilot the mobility segment of DELTASS with real target users under actual operational conditions, with the final goal to realise a self-sustained service platform. See the I-DISCARE web page under 'related links'.