Providing Low Earth Orbit Satellite Internet for healthcare – enable better mobility and connectivity today.
Fast, secure connectivity for health & social care
The usage and range of different technology platforms are increasing rapidly as health and care institutions are focusing more on efficiency and improved delivery of services to patients. The rising prevalence of chronic diseases, ageing populations, and
rise in service costs are leading to the increasing investment and adoption of technology in the healthcare industry.
Many rural areas still lack healthcare infrastructure and access to quality health services. The integration
of technology-enabled services along with LEO satellite connectivity assists in providing improved access to better health services,
to such areas struggling with connectivity. LEO satcoms can also be integrated into the the Emergency Services Network (ESN), ensuring connectivity for police, fire and ambulance departments, even in the most remote locations.
The implementation of satellite connectivity enhances terrestrial services, enabling high-quality digital imaging, remote patient monitoring, rapid access to connectivity where existing solutions aren’t meeting
demand, support for home workers, and improved access to patient records for a workforce that moves across health system borders, address data poverty issues, and improve linkages between public and private health services.
How Can LEO Improve Healthcare?
Mobile Services - ESN
Emergency services are one of the main segments of healthcare that could benefit from the use of Low-Earth Orbit satcoms – this includes police, ambulance, and fire departments. First responders, particularly those deployed to remote locations such as Mountain Rescue and Coast Guards, would also benefit from connectivity in hard-to-reach areas. LEO presents a solution that will enhance the existing Emergency Services Network (ESN) and finally connect all mobile health services, no matter the location and circumstances.
Satcoms systems are very useful for GP practices located in rural areas, for example the highlands and islands of Scotland. LEO facilitates communication between these isolated GPs with specialist healthcare services located hundreds of miles away. GEO satcoms have already been deployed in some areas, for example the Armadale Medical Centre in Thurso, to enable out-of-hours services, smart devices, email and VoIP. LEO, with its faster speeds and lower latency, will take this a step further and enable interactive care services such as video conferencing.
NHS is driving forward initiatives to connect private healthcare providers to the NHS referral system. This includes Dentistry and Optometry services which are often not connected to the NHS Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), creating a barrier to receiving e-referrals. As it currently stands, the system in dentistry involves paper-based referrals to the hospital service. This is partly because most private dentists are not on the Health and Social Care Network, being private organisations, yet they must often refer to NHS specialist services on a regular basis. Our LEO connectivity solution can support the digitisation of such processes, ensuring that patients get the care they need, much more quickly.
It’s no secret that the NHS has been victim to several high-profile cyberattacks in recent years. As well the leaking of highly confidential patient data, network outages have led to delayed surgeries and cancelled appointments. LEO satcoms can help ensure business continuity in such circumstances, with each Primary Care Network given access to its own dedicated satellite communication system – this would allow services to continue, should the primary network be compromised.
LEO satcoms can connect large healthcare centres where site-wide connectivity is an issue. This includes Community Diagnostic Hubs, currently being rolled out, which must be able to securely transmit sensitive data, such as patient records, to other parts of the NHS. Other health and social care settings, including care homes and prisons, very often struggle with internet access due to being located in remote areas with poor connectivity. This affects vital communication and data transfer, such as medical referrals and secure video conferencing.
As well as providing wireless connectivity for remote patient monitoring, LEO satcoms can provide a secondary, dedicated network to complement hospitals’ primary networks, which are often congested and therefore unable to provide reliable connectivity for patient internet services. This includes waiting areas as well as rooms, with a view to improving patient and visitor wellbeing.