Emergency medical care...something on everyone's mind...with technology today there are many options available to perhaps "save a life"...BD
Comcare, a non-profit group focused on improving emergency response systems and practices, and the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) have formed a advisory board to help link emergency response applications and health care systems. Founded in 1998, Comcare was formed to promoting better collaboration among emergency responders and health care system through interoperable information technology solutions and standards.
The death of an American Airlines passenger during a flight from Haiti to New York last month has cast a spotlight on the growing number of medical emergencies on commercial jets, a trend that largely has escaped public notice because airlines aren't required to report such incidents.
"Airlines don't want to tell anybody about their medical problems in flight," he says. "There is no public affairs value in that at all." Each airline must equip its planes with working AEDs, but federal rules allow jets with inoperable ones to make a few flights until a replacement can be found.
Airlines and industry groups such as the Air Transport Association have mostly resisted revealing details about medical emergencies, saying such information is hard to collect and can be misinterpreted. And because airlines aren't required to file such reports, more is known about in-flight emergencies involving animals than humans. MedAire says passengers with diabetes, seizure disorders and heart and respiratory ailments account for 23% of in-flight deaths and 29% of medically related flight diversions.