Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and PRAXES Medical Group report the results of their partnership
A dramatic drop in the number of medical expenses was the result of a partnership between PRAXES and the Clipper race 2013/14. PRAXES was the global emergency medical partner for the race. With PRAXES on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the crew members on-board Clipper yachts had ongoing assistance no matter what medical situation transpired, anywhere in the world.
This was the first time the Clipper race utilized a dedicated telemedicine support service, with resoundingly positive results. Over the duration of the 2011 – 2012 race, Clipper experienced 196 claims for on-shore medical services. That number fell to only 71 claims during the 2013 – 2014 race, once PRAXES’ support was in place.
According to a representative from Clipper’s insurance broker Oval Insurance Broking “the introduction of PRAXES Medical Group to the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013 – 2014 has helped achieve a significant reduction in the number of crews needing onshore medical practitioner appointments, and thus reduced insurance claims.”
For Clipper this means better crew support and reduced costs.
It’s tangible results like these that have further solidified the relationship between PRAXES and Clipper. PRAXES Medical Director, Dr. John Ross, and CEO, Susan Helliwell, visited
Portsmouth and Gosport, United Kingdom, recently to meet with the Clipper Ventures partners, debrief on the 2013 – 2014 race and begin planning the 2015 – 2016 race.
During their UK visit, Ross and Helliwell, also had a chance to meet with Clipper 2013 – 2014 winning Canadian skipper, Eric Holden, and get his specific thoughts on the service provided. With Holden’s firsthand feedback in mind, the team at PRAXES plan to further customize and improve the support available for future races.
Ross and Helliwell also attended the annual conference of the Institute for Remote Health Care in London. In attendance were medical directors from important major players in the offshore oil and gas industry (such as Shell and BP), medical service and equipment providers, members of the military, representatives from public health care and academia. With the topic of telemedicine at the forefront, Ross and Helliwell returned to Nova Scotia excited about further opportunities to refine their global medical support service.