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Virgin fleet installs telemedicine

30th June 2006

Virgin Atlantic has announced it is to install state-of-the-art telemedicine equipment on board its entire fleet.  The Tempus system, which is supplied by British hardware company Remote Diagnostic Technologies, is designed for small spaces and will use the plane's satellite telephone to communicate with medical professionals on the ground.

The system is designed to be used by people with no medical experience giving greater backup to cabin crew.  Tempus' advanced technology significantly increases the airline's onboard medical provision.  The Tempus sends images from the plane to clinicians on the ground who can then advise the best course of action to the plane crew.

The Tempus unit can fit in an overhead compartment or underneath an economy class seat.  Virgin Atlantic plan to have units across their fleet by 2009.

 

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