MedAire, AirCell Introduce Air-to-Ground Emergency Phone Link

Aviation International News » May 2003
February 4, 2008, 8:47 AM

MedAire and AirCell have teamed to provide a low-cost airborne communication system that links passengers directly with doctors in the event of an in-flight medical emergency. “The physicians within our MedLink Global Response Center are managing upwards of 60 in-flight medical emergencies daily,” said MedAire president and CEO Joan Sullivan Garrett. “The key to providing the best care possible is for our physicians to speak directly with those who are trying to manage the medical event.” AirCell brings an economical level of air-to-ground communications to the cabin by connecting to existing ground-based cellular infrastructure. For aircraft that fly internationally, the system can be upgraded to interface with the global Iridium satellite network, said MedAire.

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