Tempus Pro, a portable vital-signs monitor capable of telemedicine via satellite, was used by medics at the landing of ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet following his Proxima mission.
All data were recorded in his encrypted patient record on the device and sent from Kazakhstan via a secured satellite link to the rest of the medical team at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne.
Remote Diagnostic Technologies based in the UK, developed the Tempus Pro (pictured left), with funding and support from the Business Applications part of ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems programme.
Tempus Pro is compatible with all conventional instruments typically used for emergency monitoring and intensive care such as blood oxygen saturation and contact temperature sensors, electrocardiogram leads, laryngoscope and a USB ultrasound probe. It includes a GPS chip and has wi-fi, Bluetooth, GPRS and ethernet connectivity, and can exchange voice, video and medical data.
Patient data recorded with an encryption on the device can be transmitted via a secured satellite link.