Noble Drilling Selects InPlace Medical Solutions for Newest Semisub

InPlace Medical Solutions, the world's first video telemedicine-based offshore medical service, has been selected by Noble Drilling US, LLC to support their newest ultra-deepwater semisubmersible drilling rig, the Noble Danny Adkins, as it enters service in Noble's fleet. With its fleet of 62 rigs, Noble is a leading offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry.

InPlace's service aboard the Adkins commenced earlier this month and supports the medical needs of the contractors and crew for sea trials, commissioning, and continued operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in the early part of 2010.

"We are very pleased that Noble has chosen the advanced services of InPlace Medical Solutions," said Shannon Caldwell, executive director for offshore and remote services for NuPhysicia LLC, who provides InPlace Medical Solutions. "We believe this service is especially valuable for units such as the Adkins, which may be operating several hundred miles from shore."

InPlace Medical Solutions combines specially trained remote duty paramedics, enhanced medical inventory, and advanced video telemedicine technology to bring expanded physician care right to the rig. Offshore and remote workers gain direct access to physician examinations through proven video telemedicine technology.

"First aid and basic medical services have been available on our rigs for many years," said Tommy Travis, vice president and division manager for Noble's U.S. Gulf Coast Division. "Our hope is that this program will not only improve those services, but also allow us to offer prevention and wellness services, as well."

InPlace Medical Solutions complete service better manages offshore workforce health and lowers transportation risks and expenses. Offshore oil operators and drilling contractors benefit from reduced operating costs and higher workforce productivity.