PRAXES Medical Group and Clipper Ventures Plc launch ClipperTelemed+™ yacht as part of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2015 – 16
Established in 1997, PRAXES Medical Group was once a small start-up company with an ambitious vision. This drive and determination has led to a successful partnership with the longest ocean race in the world – the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. PRAXES was the Global Emergency Medical Support Partner for the Clipper 13 – 14 Race and will return as Fleet Sponsor for the 2015 – 16 race.
PRAXES is also proud to be the only Canadian sponsor of the Clipper Race. Results from the last race were so strong (improved medical response, reduced insurance costs) that PRAXES and Clipper Ventures Plc have created a joint venture company called ClipperTelemed+™ and entered a yacht in the race. A ClipperTelemed+™ branded yacht will participate in the Clipper Race and was launched at St Katharine Docks in London, UK, on April 17, 2015.
The tenth edition of the race provides a unique global marketing platform to showcase ClipperTelemed+™ which is powered by the PRAXES remote medical support service and will be provided to more than 600 crew on the race.
ClipperTelemed+™ provides fast and efficient medical support from PRAXES physicians to crew on yachts, super-yachts, commercial ships and exploration rigs. ClipperTelemed+™ uses telecommunications and software tools to connect callers with highly skilled emergency physicians within five minutes, regardless of global location. John Hockin, VP of Marketing for PRAXES, says the global promotional initiative will be a powerful demonstration of their services.
“ClipperTelemed+™ is an innovative concept built on our experience with the Clipper Race,” says Hockin. “The race is the perfect marketing platform and we’re delighted for PRAXES to continue as the official global medical support partner alongside the new joint venture.”
ClipperTelemed+™ Business Development Manager,Tom Bettle, and PRAXES VP of Marketing, John Hockin, at the ClipperTelemed+™ naming ceremony in London, UK.
With the ClipperTelemed+™ yacht skipper and crew selection to be assigned on April 25, the PRAXES team is looking forward to an exciting year ahead.
PRAXES is Canada’s premier supplier of telemedicine for government and industrial clients, providing remote medical support for remote and hostile environments globally – ships, mine sites, oil and gas platforms, and even prisons. In addition to the global marine sector, PRAXES is pursuing new opportunities in telemedicine for consumer markets.
About Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the world’s longest ocean race, also known as one of the world’s toughest endurance challenges. The race is 40,000 miles long and takes almost a year to complete. Twelve teams race on a matched fleet of Clipper Race 70 ocean racing yachts.
Established by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in 1996 to allow anyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to experience the thrill of ocean racing, it’s the only event of its kind for amateur sailors. Approximately 40 per cent of crew have no sailing experience before they sign up to the challenge. This is where everyone from doctors to massage therapists, truck drivers, students, nurses, and landscape gardeners join together to take on Mother Nature’s toughest conditions.
During the Clipper 2013-14 Race, crew members were given rapid diagnosis and valuable expert reassurance by PRAXES emergency physicians, in addition to in-port consultations via private internet video consultations. Crew were given advice on everything from respiratory problems, infections, eye injuries, and rashes, to dislocations and broken ribs. This included emergency advice following a dramatic Man Overboard rescue in the North Pacific Ocean, dealing with a crew member with potential hypothermia, shock and a suspected broken leg.
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