Cyprus-based seafarer wellbeing start-up OneCare Solutions has launched a digital platform aiming to address seafarer health with direct online access to medical experts and mental health support.
The service includes a support helpline is manned by physicians and clinical phycologists, alongside access to holistic wellness programmes and tailored mental health related training through the OneLearn Global e-learning platform.
Additional training support related to physical health issues is under development and is expected to be added to the service offering in the near future, the firm says.
“Being away at sea should not be a reason that seafarers cannot access the same services and care they would seek ashore,” adds Marinos Kokkinis, OneCare Solutions Managing Director.
“OneCare Solutions brings together a wide network of specialists and experts and offers ship managers, operators and owners the peace of mind that whatever health issue arises onboard, we have specialists who can deal with it immediately.
“The ongoing Covid crisis has also propelled the need for access to public health specialists and awareness of good hygiene practices so we can all try and prevent further Covid outbreaks on our vessels. The platform can provide one-to-one appointments, protocols for crisis management and manuals onboard advising how to respond if an outbreak does occur.”
OneCare Solutions notes that it has also partnered with Stella Maris, which has a global network of 1,000 local chaplains and volunteers who conduct up to 70,000 ship visits a year to support the wellbeing of seafarers of all nationalities.