UK P&I Club to provide digital healthcare to members with VIKAND partnership

Maritime healthcare and telemedicine provider VIKAND has partnered with the UK P&I Club for a year-long trial of its OneHealth system on board up to 100 vessels.

The platform is designed to maximise the physical and mental health of crew members by giving them digital access to proactive healthcare support, with services for issues like sleep, nutrition, air quality, safety and productivity.

“I’m delighted that the UK P&I Club has joined this important trial, which will demonstrate how a crew asset management approach can help reduce the number of incidents that lead to claims,” said Ronald Spithout, Managing Director of OneHealth by VIKAND.

“It also demonstrates a shipowner’s commitment to making seafarers feel valued, at a time when industry analysts predict a coming labour shortfall.”

The trial, known as the coLab Project, will include vessels operated by UK P&I Club members, with each also getting access to online monthly House Doctor Calls between VIKAND and the onboard leadership to review the crew’s state of health and address any issues.

“The coLab Project aims to show that structural, proactive healthcare at sea can reduce the frequency, severity and costs of health-related claims,” said Stuart Edmonston, Loss Prevention Director for the UK P&I Club.

“Data gathered during this trial could also help create bespoke OneHealth packages for UK P&I Club members.”

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