Shanghai’s aero medical services take to the skies
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.