Physician Advice at Sea

Physician Advice at Sea

Telemedicine is the use of electronic communication to provide diagnosis and/or clinical care between the medical provider and the patient in a remote location. In the case of Future Care, the patient is the seafarer, onboard a ship, at sea, we call this maritime telemedicine.


Future Care’s Physician Advice At Sea program is designed to respond to the specialized circumstances encountered in providing remote medical treatment to the injured or ill seafarer while onboard ship. We also offer primary healthcare or a complete wellness program through Physician Advice At Sea. Our 24 hour 7 day a week Contact Center provides immediate and continuous accesses to our world-wide network of physicians, nurses, medically-trained first responders and other medical professionals.


Our Physician Advice At Sea program is the result of Future Care’s over 25 years’ experience in formulating medical management protocols specifically designed for the maritime community’s special needs. Our global network of physicians and other treatment providers are expert in evaluating shipboard injury and illness. They are adept in determining whether onboard treatment is sufficient and consistent with the highest quality care necessary, or if land-based treatment and/or emergency evacuation or deviation is required. Future Care provides specialist physicians in a wide array of disciplines, as required, including cardiologists, orthopedists and diving recovery, to name but a few.


In many instances our physician advisors are able to diagnose and treat the seafarer onboard the vessel, using he ship’s medicine chest. Frequently Future Care’s physician advisors, with the crewman’s assent, are able to clear the seafarer to return to duty, without ever leaving the ship.


By providing immediate medical diagnosis and treatment Future Care’s Physician Advice At Sea promotes crew health and saves the shipowner money. Treating shipboard injury or illness onboard can shorten recovery time; postpone or eliminate the necessity of shore-side treatment and avoid costly and unnecessary deviation or emergency evacuations, when medically appropriate.


Unlike free government telemedical services, or some of those run by individual hospitals, Future Care’s Physician Advice At Sea is part of a complete management response to shipboard medical needs. Our continuity of care program assures that the seafarer’s medical treatment is managed from onboard ship to hospital through repatriation and convalescence. Future Care’s medical case management and other services incorporated in our Caring for the Crew® program ensure that treatment is efficiently and timely managed throughout all phases, by the same team that is familiar with the crewman’s condition from the onset of incident.


For vessel operators enrolled in our Caring for the Crew® program we will assign a physician or nurse case manager, to co-ordinate admission to our network hospital or other treatment facility; review course of treatment with the shore-based providers through to discharge; arrange out-patient care and accommodation; repatriation; arrange for provision of medications; monitor the crewmember’s post discharge therapy and physician visits until maximum medical care is realized, as appropriate.


Future Care’s Physician Advice At Sea program reduces the shipowner’s overall medical claims cost, both below and above the insurance deductible. Future Care’s telemedical program reduces costly litigation through improving the speed and quality of medical care provided to the shipowner’s crew.


Future Care’s Physician Advice At Sea program literally saves lives.




Please explore our other services, summarized on our Caring for the Crew® Program page.