Investing in telemedicine reduces the cost of medical emergencies and improves crew welfare, says Martyn Wingrove.

Telemedicine is not mandatory as part of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) for seafarers’ rights. But it should be.

If there is an issue with the ship, crew members have to diagnose and then either repair it or wait for technical assistance. In an onboard medical emergency, it is the same, but their lives are at stake…

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Take a look at some of the pros and cons to telemedicine.