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Development of information and communication technologies by satellites is favouring the development of new services for logistic and healthcare operations in isolated and mobile context when the ground telecommunications infrastructures are destroyed or not accessible.
In the frame of DELTASS project (2000-2002 ESA - ARTES 5 programme), engineers and medical doctors have succeeded in developing equipment for logistic and medical supports in mobile, isolated and disaster context. Technical and operational demonstrations of DELTASS concept have been achieved during the last 2002-quarter (visit the site: http://www.medes.fr/home_fr/telemedecine/teleconsultation/i_discare.html).
The system is now available and the I-DISCARE project aims to propose it to operational users community first on a free basis and after on a commercial basis. Thanks to ESA ARTES 3 programme, the target is to create a I-DISCARE Service Provider structure and initiate its activities. The I-DISCARE project has the ambition to reach this target by achieving the following 3 main tasks:
The I-DISCARE Service Provider will have the following activities:
Based on satellites technologies the I-DISCARE concept proposes to bring viable support for medical activities in remote, isolated and mobile situations. The potential customers are:
The particularities of the I-DISCARE compared with the few existing competitors are:
|The following functions are supported by the I-DISCARE system, using satellites systems, telecommunication and GPS system bringing links between field actors and their background organisation:|
Portable Telemedicine Workstation (PTW)
Phase 1 : January 2003 - June 2003
Phase 2 : June 2003 - December 2004
Phase 3 : September 2004 - January 2005
The I-DISCARE project starts (January 2003); it has the benefits of the issues of the previous DELTASS project.
The Pilot System Architecture and the Pilot Utilisation plan have been fixed in July 2003.
The Strategic Plan document (version updated July 24, 2004) is now available. This updated version is in accordance with the foundation of the MEDESSAT ASP structure that is under negotiation with different partners in France (CNES, CLS, Individuals, Industrials, Capital risk &..) and shall be discussed with other European potential partners (an second round for paid-in capital increase is planned in 2006). A similar document titled "Presentation de la Societe MEDESSAT" (in French) is now also available. The planning is to have founded MEDESSAT by mid November 2004.
The pilot deployments among users have started in May 2003. At the present time; in April 2004, the following users have evaluated the I-DISCARE system :