Luxembourg, 27 May 2014. SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today a partnership with the Luxembourg Government and five Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO). The NGOs include three from Luxembourg, Friendship Luxembourg, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Fondation Follereau, as well as two German NGOs, Archemed and German Doctors.
The NGOs will partner with SES for the development of SATMED, an e-Health platform conceived by SES TechCom and supported by the Luxembourg Government and the Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action. The European ESTHER alliance, a Europe-wide network of Governments for the networking of health professionals and associations in their fight against AIDS, is also involved in the project through its German branch.
The aim of SATMED is to improve public health in emerging and developing countries, most significantly in isolated areas with poor connectivity. SATMED enables communication between doctors, thus propagating the transfer and exchange of medical knowledge and supporting tools for medical e-learning and e-teaching. An IT cloud infrastructure accessible around the globe facilitates the data exchange between professionals and the setup of a medical infrastructure such as electronic medical records and tele-radiology systems.
Technically, the SATMED platform is implemented on emergency.lu (www.emergency.lu), an international emergency response system developed in Luxembourg, by using its satellite equipment, technology and connectivity.
"With SATMED we leverage our connectivity knowledge and our satellites' capacity to connect even the remotest areas, enabling a real time exchange between medical teams and participants of governmental, institutional, scientific and humanitarian projects worldwide," said Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director of SES TechCom. "SATMED is an open, flexible and affordable solution that perfectly fits our range of satellite based e-activities – emergency, e-health, e-learning, and election. SES is excited to work closely with NGOs from the very beginning and throughout all phases of this project."
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