VistaJet equips aircraft with passenger health monitors


Charter operator VistaJet is equipping devices that monitor a passenger’s vital signs during flights to its fleet of aircraft.

The Tempus IC2 device enables flight crew to measure and securely transmit clinical data to ground-based MedAire medical experts 24/7, anytime, anywhere.

VistaJet has worked with partners RDT, a Philips company and MedAire to be the first charter operator to embed Tempus IC2 monitors on board its aircraft. The Tempus IC2 is a vital signs monitor with integrated telemedicine, designed for use in remote medical emergencies by non-medical experts.

The monitor can measure and transmit vital clinical data and images, alongside real-time voice and video, securely should they become concerned about their, or a passenger’s, fitness-to-fly for treatment guidance and advice wherever they are in the world.

Thomas Flohr, founder and chairman of VistaJet said, “VistaJet crew now have even more resources to give them and passengers complete peace of mind with every flight. The information from the monitor is seamlessly and confidentially shared with the ground-based medical experts — it is the next best thing to having a doctor by your side. All operators with a global program should have this technology available on board.”

The direct link to MedAire health experts along with the vital signs data can contribute to the reduction of misdiagnosis, avoiding unnecessary and costly medical evacuations or diversions. Dr Paulo M. Alves, global medical director of MedAire said, “The parameters available when taking a Tempus call are essentially the same as those one would have in most emergency rooms.

“Tempus IC2 is invaluable when remotely managing a medical situation, because it gives MedAire’s MedLink doctors the clinical-quality data needed to make a better diagnostic impression.”

MedAire can also assist an ill passenger with obtaining further medical care or prescription medications at the aircraft’s final destination.

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