Real-Time Telemedicine for Emergency Medical Evacuation by Air Transportation

Developed against stringent aerospace requirements for use both on fixed-wing and rotary wing aircraft the STAR-ISMS® on-board system is an ideal platform to collect, process, encode and send through satcom or any other available communications means, critical data of any sort.

As such, the idea to apply the STAR-ISMS®, and specifically adapted features of the STAR-A.D.S. System to Emergency Medical vehicles, starting with the "air ambulance" and other specialized medical transports, became a natural extension of the STAR offering.

In concept, the STAR-ISMS® would, in real-time, gather, format and transmit the bio-medical data from a patient in transit to the ground medical dispatch center or directly to the hospital where critical treatment is intended, ensuring timely, continuous, immediate and coherent bio data sharing for vital decision making process.

The idea has been formalized into a collaborative Research project, supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the MEDTEQ Consortium, called “Real-Time Telemedicine for Emergency Medical Evacuation by Air Transportation”.

The project is conducted under ÈTS guidance, with the active participation of MEDTEQ, Airmèdic Inc., Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) Sainte-Justine and Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd.

With the STAR-ISMS® as the backbone of the system, the project will contribute to the acceleration of the integration of new technologies and care pathways, supporting the creation of new markets for consortium partners, developing knowledge and leading edge expertise in technology and the management of medical systems.

The partners in this project will work on improving Emergency Medical Services (EMS), starting with Air Ambulance transport, by providing real-time direct transmission to the ground medical dispatch center, of patients' vital signs, along with visual assessment and geo-positioning.

The project will lead to improving patient assessment, to initiating better informed life-saving interventions, and to expediting patient access to treatment centers. The University will work on the key components dealing with image acquisition, compression, transmission and use in harsh environments and critical conditions.

Principal Investigator Professor Rita Noumeir (PhD., Eng.) from ETS

According to Professors Georges Kaddoum (PhD., Eng.) from ETS and Doctor Philippe Jouvet (PhD., M.D), real-time transmission between the aircraft or helicopter and the hospital will significantly help to improve the quality of care while providing instant access to vital signs, imaging and other critical information about the patient no matter where he/she is in the sky. This communication link will help to save many lives by helping doctors to provide an initial diagnosis about the patient's health, so as to be prepared for arrival at the hospital and optimize the management in the emergency room and intensive care units.

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