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Caring for Astronauts in Space: NASA’s Experience with Telemedicine

11:30am - 12:30pm Wednesday, March 11
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


Astronauts spend six months to one year on the International Space Station, performing engineering tasks, research, maintenance and upgrades. During this time, access to medical care is crucial, as altered routines and microgravity have deconditioning effects on crew members’ bone and muscle, fluid distribution and immune function. Examine NASA’s current use of telemedicine in the care of astronauts in orbit, and learn about opportunities being considered for future exploration class missions.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the on-orbit capability currently present to support telemedicine in the NASA program
  • Discuss future telemedicine challenges looming for longer duration deep-space missions
  • Assess the factors needed for a successful telemedicine program


Program Manager,
Human Health and Performance Contract, NASA
Deputy Chief Medical Officer,
NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center


First Time Attendee
Physician or Physician’s Assistant
Population Health Management Professional