The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) is offering telemedical support to hospitals aboard TUI Cruises’ “Mein Schiff” fleet, a press release said Tuesday. X-rays taken aboard the ships will be sent to UKE’s Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology Clinic for a second opinion regardless of time and place. Doctors will examine the images and send their findings to physicians aboard the ships immediately. To protect patients’ data, all communication will be via an encrypted connection.
Ships’ doctors responsible for treatment
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Adam, Director of UKE’s Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology Clinic, said: “We are delighted to offer hospitals aboard TUI Cruises’ ‘Mein Schiff’ fleet our radiological expertise and to treat patients on board even better. Our radiology service per telemedicine means we are setting new standards on the high seas. The responsibility for treatment will remain with doctors aboard the ships.”
Expert support on land
Angelina Koehler, Head of TUI Cruises’ Medical Department, said: “Safety aboard our ships is a top priority. The collaboration with UKE will allow us to guarantee basic, modern medical care. The aim is to give our guests and crew optimum care and to offer ships’ doctors the expertise on land at UKE.”