Telemedicine rigs coming to all Virgin jets

Virgin Atlantic airlines has contracted with a Remote Diagnostic Technologies to outfit all of its planes with Tempus telemedicine rigs that will link the jets to doctors on the ground who will advise flight crew on using on-board medical equipment and interpret the diagnostics they deliver:

Virgin Atlantic was the first airline to introduce defibrillators across its fleet and has used the MedLink remote doctor service, for many years. But Tempus' advanced technology significantly increases the airline's onboard medical provision. Cabin Crew will have expert help to differentiate between serious and non-serious incidents and do not have to make crucial medical decisions nor interpret medical information themselves. As with defibrillators, it is expected that this technology will soon be adopted as industry standard.


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