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Telemedicine at sea and onshore: divergences and convergences

Matthieu J. Guitton
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2015.0005
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International Maritime Health 2015;66(1):18-21.

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Vol 66, No 1 (2015)
MARITIME MEDICINE Review articles
Published online: 2015-03-19
Submitted: 2015-03-19
Accepted: 2015-03-19

Abstract

Background: Telemedical Maritime Assistance Service (TMAS) is one of the fundamental components of medical assistance delivery at sea. However, while onshore telemedicine is undergoing a fast growth, these research and clinical investments unfortunately did not yet benefit for telemedicine at sea.

Divergences between telemedicine at sea and onshore: While telemedicine aims at providing distant health care, telemedicine at sea and onshore bear major differences, particularly for merchant vessels, and to a lesser extent for passenger vessels, which can be divided between structural differences, differences of practices, and policy differences.

Convergences between telemedicine at sea and onshore: Despite the existence of important divergences between telemedicine at sea and telemedicine onshore, these two major branches of distant health care delivery still converge in some respects.

Conclusions: Identifying the convergences between telemedicine at sea and telemedicine onshore might contribute to increase and optimise the transfer from research on onshore telemedicine to maritime telemedicine, and to overcome the relatively low amount of research performed on telemedicine at sea compared to its onshore counterpart.

Abstract

Background: Telemedical Maritime Assistance Service (TMAS) is one of the fundamental components of medical assistance delivery at sea. However, while onshore telemedicine is undergoing a fast growth, these research and clinical investments unfortunately did not yet benefit for telemedicine at sea.

Divergences between telemedicine at sea and onshore: While telemedicine aims at providing distant health care, telemedicine at sea and onshore bear major differences, particularly for merchant vessels, and to a lesser extent for passenger vessels, which can be divided between structural differences, differences of practices, and policy differences.

Convergences between telemedicine at sea and onshore: Despite the existence of important divergences between telemedicine at sea and telemedicine onshore, these two major branches of distant health care delivery still converge in some respects.

Conclusions: Identifying the convergences between telemedicine at sea and telemedicine onshore might contribute to increase and optimise the transfer from research on onshore telemedicine to maritime telemedicine, and to overcome the relatively low amount of research performed on telemedicine at sea compared to its onshore counterpart.

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Keywords

telemedicine, TMAS, translational research, knowledge transfer

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Title

Telemedicine at sea and onshore: divergences and convergences

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 66, No 1 (2015)

Pages

18-21

Published online

2015-03-19

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2015.0005

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2015;66(1):18-21.

Keywords

telemedicine
TMAS
translational research
knowledge transfer

Authors

Matthieu J. Guitton

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