Future Care, Inc., CEO, Christina DeSimone, presented at this year’s CMA Shipping 2017 Conference, held in Stamford, Connecticut. DeSimone discussed the mitigation of crewmember medical claims utilizing innovative techniques, such as Tele-Medical Physician Advice at Sea and Future Care’s unique Caring for the Crew Program®. Amongst the other distinguished panelists, were Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, the U.S Coast Guard, Abojeb Manning Agency, and the North American Ministries. DeSimone focused on an innovative idea that medical triage for crewmembers begins onboard the vessel, and should be utilized for any medical incident, no matter how small. Primary health care aliments in particular, require immediate treatment on board, with physician oversight, thus assisting the Crewmember immediately, avoiding emergency shoreside treatment, emergency deviations and unnecessary repatriations. Our onboard triage services allow for early intervention medical care for the crew and cost containment for the owner and their insurer. Tele-Medical advice has been at the helm of shipowners’ current concerns with the 2013 Title IV Maritime Labor Convention in effect that requires a shipowner to give their crewmember access to tele medical advice at sea.
Future Care Live combines Future Care’s Caring for the Crew® program with live video streaming software to provide a revolutionary level of medical care to commercial shipping and marine personnel during emergency illness or injury at sea, as well as to respond to routine healthcare needs. “This is modern technology meeting the needs of our most important asset” said panel moderator, Douglas Stevenson, Director, Center of Seafarer’s Rights at the Seaman’s Church Institute.
Future Care’s most recent medical statistics, presented at CMA, have shown that illness at sea is the predominate cause for Captains to ask for medical advice. The presentation summarized that managing and monitoring a crewmember’s medical treatment should be a continuous process both on board the vessel and shoreside. Future Care meets the requirements of the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and international standards for the electronic transmission of private medical information. The maritime industry invests valuable time and money to attract and train crews, retaining a healthy working crew must be our focus.
About Future Care
New York based Future Care, Inc. provides Global Maritime Telemedical services with a team of maritime trained physicians, nurses and first responders. Offering health care solutions that meet or exceed the standards of care mandated by U.S law, including the Jones Act, international maritime law, including Title IV of the Maritime Labor Convention. Future Care offers services to commercial shipowners/shipmanagers, cruise lines, yacht owners, insurance companies, and P&I Clubs. Future Care’s 24/7 First Response Caring for the Crew® program provides the seafarer and his employer with a superior managed healthcare response in both routine and emergency situations. Through access to the Company’s 24/7 call center, proprietary networks, medically trained personnel and auditing services the shipowner can realize powerful savings both over and under his insurance deductible, throughout the world.
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