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Airbus and International SOS Seek Emergency Medical Progress

 - March 5, 2023, 12:32 PM
Through its LifeSaver program, Airbus Helicopters is working with partners to improve the responsiveness of emergency medical services. (Image: Airbus)

International SOS is partnering with Airbus Helicopters on a new approach to providing emergency medical support (EMS) services called the LifeSaver program. Estonia recently became the first country to work with the two companies to improve response times as part of wider efforts to improve the Baltic state’s national healthcare system.

According to Airbus (Booth C2803), it created LifeSaver as a means to improve and modernize healthcare services worldwide, many of which have suffered from exceptional pressure from the Covid pandemic. Announcing the tie-up with International SOS on March 2, the aircraft manufacturer described the new approach as a means to “put people at its heart by being designed to deliver improved medical outcomes and save more lives.”

International SOS helps companies and organizations provide emergency healthcare and security protection for their employees. “We have 37 years of experience of putting people’s health and safety first and ensuring the best possible level and quality of care is being delivered to those who need it,” said Nick Peters, the group’s president and CEO for government services.

Airbus’s contributions to LifeSaver involve the European airspace group’s urban air mobility business unit. The division is developing a four-passenger eVTOL aircraft called CityAirbus NextGen, which could apply to EMS operations as well as passenger and freight transportation.

The Estonian government has committed significant investment in new technology to improve the outcomes achieved by its healthcare services. “Our purpose with LifeSaver is ultimately improved patient outcomes and social benefits for Estonians,” said Invest Estonia director Joonas Vänto. “It is a great opportunity for us to showcase what Estonia offers in terms of innovation­; technology performing in such a mission-critical environment is a strong case of best practice that other countries can learn to implement in their emergency medical systems."