We caught up with our technology partners DanMedical to discuss their products and their place in Telemedicine among widening sector trends in Telehealth.
Dan Medical is known for its D-MAS HyperSat telemedicine product used globally by commercial diving operations. What other products do you make and what other customers do you serve?
Both of our main products, the D-MAS HyperSat and D-MAS Remote, are microcomputer-based systems complete with medical functions and attachments that enable a wide range of healthcare operations to support patients and workers in remote, difficult to access or dangerous locations.
The key difference with D-MAS HyperSat is that it is designed specifically to help meet the requirements of saturation diving systems, submarine rescue facilities and hyperbaric chambers.
Due to the flexibility and overall affordability of the D-MAS Remote, it has a wide range of utilities and offers benefits across a host of industries. One example of a current customer is an NHS board, where D-MAS Remote is used on a small island by a medic, helping to support the population and lessen health inequalities in the region.
Your telemedicine units are used by practicing medical professionals and first responders, how do these two groups differ in terms of product and service configurations?
The D-MAS system medical interface is generally the same across the platforms and is configurable to integrate with existing infrastructures or to meet very particular required use cases. It must be robust and ‘just work’ every time.
Because of this, the D-MAS can be put to work in multiple ways. For example, first responders will put the system through its paces in training exercises and regular live drills before they ever deploy it in a real emergency.
Medical professionals working in remote locations may use it on a constant, ongoing basis performing healthcare monitoring for the entire population of a locale supporting day to day referrals or even emergency and evacuation planning.
In which markets do you see future take up of telemedicine and your own products?
Telemedicine is a growing industry and is seeing increased use in new markets, recently accelerated by the effects of Covid-19. In terms of the general healthcare system, waiting times are constantly rising in overburdened hospitals. Going forward, there will be increased use of telehealth to reduce unnecessary in-person visits and to perform initial diagnosing operations.
Furthermore, NGOs will look to increase take up of telemedicine with the aim of lessening health inequalities in regions with high poverty and less instant access to healthcare facilities. In addition, telemedicine will see increased use in social care to monitor behavioural health and other conditions such as dementia.
We are constantly looking at how we can adapt and upgrade our products to meet the needs of these new markets.
What has changed in the market as a result of COVID-19?
The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are providing massive opportunities for telehealth providers, mainly as social distancing is the key solution utilised by world governments to minimise the spread of the virus. This means that hospitals and other healthcare centres are unable to provide the same volume of in-person treatment.
This considered telehealth offers an attractive, efficient, and affordable alternative. Furthermore, it also offers a solution that helps increase the safety of both health providers and patients through social distancing.
If you or your customers are interested in DanMedical’s Telemedicine solutions, you can find their full range of products on their website. If you’re looking for remote Satellite connectivity or Data Centre services for Telemedicine/Telehealth operations please look no further than Signalhorn.
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