In a medical emergency, minutes can make the difference between life and death; disability and recovery. Using smart, internet-connected devices to reduce the time it takes to diagnose and treat a patient will lead to fundamental improvements in emergency medical care. Broadband Internet connectivity will allow previously disparate medical devices and personnel to interact with one another, passing data back and forth and providing more intelligent decision support for care providers inside and outside the hospital.

SatCare targets the improvement of first-aid services using remote diagnosis and treatment of patients on board ambulances. The objective is to extend the capabilities of the first responders, allowing live interaction with remotely-based doctors and equipment, and allowing the team in the field to deliver the correct treatment immediately, both at the place of intervention and during transport.

SatCare’s aim is to combine, in a service platform, the most advanced remote diagnostic systems and a broadband-managed communication system able to operate on the move, in the best available network between Exede/Tooway satellite networks and on terrestrial 3-4G/Wi-Fi.

Satcare is an ESA part-funded project led by Viasat working in collaboration with the Centre for Rural Health (CRH part of University of Aberdeen). Viasat project manage and provide satellite communications expertise.  CRH provide medical expertise and ultrasound equipment. Zebra provide stroke monitoring equipment.

There has been plenty of excitement about how this technology could make a real impact and save lives in remote areas, take a look at these articles from Computer Weekly, Digital Health and the BBC.


The mobile broadband satcom link will:

  • Improve the usage of the current medical systems (higher speed, better coverage, etc.);
  • Enable the deployment of diagnostic tools requiring the transfer of heavy data (e.g. ultrasound scanners, High definition video-conferencing to interact with patient remotely).

project partners are: