Shang­hai’s aero med­i­cal ser­vices take to the skies

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG HONGYI in Shang­hai wanghongyi@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

As in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion and per­son­nel ex­change be­come in­creas­ingly fre­quent, Shang­hai is work­ing on es­tab­lish­ing an aero med­i­cal ser­vice base to meet the grow­ing de­mand for emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices.

A joint strate­gic part­ner­ship agree­ment on aero medicine and aero-med­i­cal base in Shang­hai has been es­tab­lished among Shang­hai East Hospi­tal, Shang­hai East In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Cen­ter and Shen­zhen Deer Jet Med­i­cal Co, Ltd, China’s air am­bu­lance ser­vice provider.

The part­ner­ship, the first of its kind in the coun­try, will pro­mote aero medicine and of­fer pa­tients one-stop emer­gency air med­i­cal ser­vices with sup­ple­men­tal ground hospi­tal net­work ac­cess.

“There is an ur­gent de­mand for strength­en­ing the coun­try’s dis­as­ter and emer­gency medicine ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The three-party part­ner­ship in Shang­hai will bring into full play each side’s ad­van­tages in ex­per­tise, ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tion and po­si­tion­ing, aca­demic re­search and re­sources in the joint ini­tia­tives to de­velop more in­no­va­tive med­i­cal ser­vices, and serve more pa­tients in a timely fash­ion,” Liu Zhong­min, pres­i­dent of Shang­hai East Hospi­tal said at the sign­ing cer­e­mony on Tues­day.

This move will help im­prove the coun­try’s over­all aero medicine ca­pa­bil­i­ties and pro­mote the ap­pli­ca­tion of proven air med­i­cal tech­niques, stan­dards and pro­to­cols, Liu said.

As China’s fi­nan­cial hub and an in­ter­na­tional me­trop­o­lis, Shang­hai at­tracts more than eight mil­lion for­eign vis­i­tors and more than 250 mil­lion do­mes­tic vis­i­tors an­nu­ally, ac­cord­ing to the city’s of­fi­cial fig­ures.

Mean­while, Shang­hai also works as a top na­tional med­i­cal cen­ter and a ma­jor des­ti­na­tion of med­i­cal tourism. And the num­ber of in­bound and out­bound air med­i­cal trans­ports has kept ris­ing in re­cent years due to pre­mium lo­cal med­i­cal re­sources and in­fra­struc­ture that at­tracts both do­mes­tic and for­eign med­i­cal tourists.

Be­sides that, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and per­son­nel ex­change in Shang­hai will be fur­ther boosted by the es­tab­lish­ment of the Shang­hai Free Trade Zone, and the city is work­ing on de­vel­op­ing it­self into a ma­jor med­i­cal tourism hub meet­ing in­creas­ing med­i­cal de­mand.

“We have seen a grow­ing num­ber of for­eign pa­tients each year in our cen­ter,” said Wang Xin, CEO of Shang­hai East In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Cen­ter. “And this part­ner­ship will help ex­tend the med­i­cal ser­vice ca­pa­bil­i­ties and cov­er­age, of­fer­ing pa­tients full ser­vice from ad­mis­sion to air med­i­cal tran­sit when nec­es­sary.”

“In re­cent years, more Chi­nese people go to over­seas coun­tries for tourism and more Chi­nese en­ter­prises are send­ing em­ploy­ees to work at over­seas coun­tries,” said Lu Haikuan, chair­man & CEO of Shen­zhen Deer Jet Med­i­cal Co, Ltd. “With this back­ground, the need for emer­gency air med­i­cal ser­vices will be un­doubt­edly in­creas­ing in the fu­ture. In this re­gard, how to pro­vide pa­tients with timely, one-stop and con­sid­er­ate air med­i­cal ser­vices be­comes very im­por­tant.”

The com­pany has worked in the field of emer­gency air med­i­cal ser­vices for about two decades. In ad­di­tion to self-owned Hawker 800 air am­bu­lances, it can also mo­bi­lize a fleet of Gulf­stream 450/550s and larger mod­els such as Boe­ing busi­ness jets that are suit­able for mass evac­u­a­tion.

“The es­tab­lish­ment of Shang­hai aero med­i­cal base is our fur­ther ef­fort to in­no­vate health­care ser­vice of­fer­ings, by fos­ter­ing a close part­ner­ship with the coun­try’s tops hos­pi­tals,” Lu said.

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