ESA title
Enabling & Support

Diagnosis and treatment

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ESA / Enabling & Support / Preparing for the Future / Space for Earth / Space for health

Satellite communications provide the means to realize remote medical diagnosis and enhanced homecare, while human space exploration facilitates the development of innovative techniques and measures.

In the field of satellite telecommunications several applications and services are already providing isolated populations with access to healthcare and medical practitioners for second opinions or additional support (e.g. tele-diagnosis in the absence of local experts; health monitoring to enhance homecare, mobility, and autonomy of ageing population).

In the field of human space exploration the development of innovative medical instrumentation is generated either for remote medical diagnosis, or for countermeasures against deleterious physiological effects (e.g. the effects of micro-gravity on the human organism is similar to that of patients suffering from reduced mobility).

Not only do satellite communications and R&D in human space exploration each contribute towards better healthcare for the citizens on Earth, but combining these assets enables the provision of such services without geographical limitation.

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