MEDAIRE AVIATION APP MAKES MANAGING IN-FLIGHT MEDICAL EVENTS EASIER FOR AIRLINES & CREW
MedAire – the world‘s leading provider of in-flight medical advice and assistance to commercial airlines – today announced the launch of the MedAire Aviation App.
The app leverages evolving technology to provide more options to aide flight crew when responding to in-flight medical events and complements the MedAire support to ensure ill or injured passengers receive timely, accurate medical advice and assistance from MedAire‘s MedLink doctors. MedAire‘s MedLink is the first and foremost experienced provider of ground-based medical assistance services to airlines.
“Flight crew are the first responders during in-flight medical events,” said Richard Gomez, VP of Global Product Development at MedAire. “Their role is critical in ensuring the passenger’s medical concerns are accurately assessed and communicated with the cockpit and the ground-based medical team. This can be challenging given cabin communication limitations, and the stress of being a first responder. Having an easy-to-use app in the palm of their hand, that walks them through how to respond to the most common and life-threatening events that occur on board, helps them deliver on that responsibility.”
MedAire assists the majority of the world’s airlines with more than 100 in-flight medical issues every day, and has managed hundreds of thousands of in-flight medical events over the last 30+ years. This extensive knowledge of the types and frequency of medical events that occur onboard informed the content and scenarios included in the app.
The key benefits of the new MedAire Aviation App for airlines are:
• Improved communications for flight crew. The app provides the ability to communicate directly from the cabin via handheld device to MedAire’s MedLink doctors.
• Intuitive, guided patient assessment instructions for crew to capture vital information that expedites care based on type of medical emergency.
• Efficient and easy for first responders to quickly engage MedAire’s MedLink doctors for assistance during medical events.
Airlines around the world participated in the BETA testing of the MedAire app prior to its launch. Icelandair, responsible for transporting more than 4.5 million passengers in 2019, was the first airline to officially go live with the new app as part of its standard safety protocols.
“Icelandair’s priority is passenger and crew safety. The collaboration with MedAire has been excellent and we are honoured to be the first airline worldwide to be using the MedAire app. It is very exciting to get the opportunity to integrate the app which will help our crew members manage medical emergencies in flight more efficiently,” said
Jóna Björg Jónsdóttir, Health Manager Cabin Operations at Icelandair. “Icelandair continues to be a leading airline when it comes to combining safety and technology.”
Jónsdóttir continued, “Our crews have been impressed by the simplicity of using the app. They thought it was very user friendly and helpful in many ways. Above all, they felt extremely confident knowing that support and professional guidance on how to handle medical emergencies was just a tap away. It also simplifies the paperwork and information gathering so the crews can focus on the passenger’s wellbeing and handle emergency situations more quickly.”
Airlines with MedAire’s MedLink service have access to the in-flight medical assistance app. MedAire’s team will assist their client’s with implementing the in-flight app based on each airline’s unique procedures, training and technologies.
The new app is available as part of MedAire’s MedLink medical advisory service for in-flight medical events. Learn more at www.medaire.com/airlines.
Notes to Editors
MedAire an International SOS company, provides aviation and maritime crewmembers and passengers with fully integrated medical and security solutions. With one phone call, MedAire offers 24/7 access to emergency care doctors and security specialists any time of day, from anywhere in the world. When members need further support after their journey ends, the broader International SOS network enhances MedAire’s services throughout delivery. MedAire’s crew medical training is developed and delivered by medical professionals to build confidence and first-hand experience, while its vast array of industry-compliant and custom medical equipment has been defined by its medical and regulatory professionals based on decades of statistics and ISO 9001 quality standards.
MedAire’s MedLink, a 24/7 Global Response Centre, handles thousands of calls a year to help crew and passengers manage medical emergencies in the air and on the ground.