Cassidian, in association with its partner ETIAM, will be providing the French Defence procurement agency (DGA) with a new generation of medical remote-diagnosis platforms
12 September 2013
- This new type of link will provide medical data quality in the field equal to that available back in France.
- Mobile military medical centres, or field medical centres, will be connected via a secure link with the 9 military hospitals in France, as of 2015.
A contract was signed today by Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, and its partner ETIAM, a specialist in medical remote-imaging, with the French defence procurement agency (DGA), for the supply of a remote-diagnosis platform connecting the OPEX (external operations sites) with the HIA (Armed forces teaching hospitals). This platform will enable the medical diagnosis centres in metropolitan France to provide improved support for personnel on missions abroad.
The ETIAM-Connect product, for which Cassidian has acquired a license, offers real-time, reliable and secure exchange of remote-diagnosis requests between health organisations and establishments, including all types of medical images. ETIAM-Connect is the remote-diagnosis solution most widely used in French hospitals. This platform will make it possible to set up workflows adapted to the medical specialities.
This link, which uses military satellite transmission networks, will enable military medical personnel stationed abroad, in overseas France, on certain French naval vessels, or from a dozen prepositioned sites around the world, to carry out protected transmission and reception of data such as X-rays or scans, with medical experts in one of the nine military hospitals in France (Paris, Metz, St Mandé, Clamart, Brest, Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille and Toulon).
The encrypted data, for which transmission integrity is guaranteed, will be overlaid on an existing audio link, thus providing improved support for the military medical personnel on active duty, with the aim of offering the same level of medical information exchange in the field as in a hospital in France.
"We are very proud of the integration of the specific medical data transmission software in a military context, a new solution which reinforces Cassidian’s leading position on this market of the future", said Luc Boureau, Managing Director of Cassidian SAS.
Operational deployment of this new platform, initially launched by the Chiefs of Staff of the Armed forces, on behalf of the Armed Forces Medical Services, is scheduled for 2015.
Cassidian, the defence division of EADS, is a worldwide leader in defence and security solutions. The company delivers advanced defence systems along the whole action chain from sensors through command & control systems to combat aircraft and unmanned air systems. In the area of security, Cassidian provides customers worldwide with border surveillance systems, cyber security solutions and secure communications. In 2012, Cassidian – with around 23,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.7 billion.
ETIAM (www.etiam.fr), the medical remote-imaging specialist, proposes simple and secure, real-time medical imaging communication solutions and services. The ETIAM proposal covers the 3 essential functions of an imaging network: integration of images (solutions for importing all the medical data in conformity with the DICOM/IHE standard), remote-imaging (secure web exchanges), publication of images (CD/DVD burning robots, DICOM print server). The ETIAM solutions, based on open standards (DICOM, IHE, HL7) for which ETIAM is one of the universally recognised specialists, are already deployed in 350 health establishments in France, 50 in Germany and 90 in the USA.