Air medical service is the use of air transportation to move patients to and from healthcare facilities and accident scenes. Medical evacuation requires timely and efficient transport. Air medical services offer faster and wider coverage than land ambulances which can greatly impact the chance of survival for those in rural areas.
The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) aims to create high-quality transport medicine that is accessible to all. Founded in 1980, AAMS based in Washington, DC, is a non-profit trade association representing and advocating on behalf of its members to enhance their ability to deliver quality, safety, effective medical care, and medical transportation for every patient in need. AAMS is committed to representing and advocating for the Air Medical and Critical Care Ground Transport industry to support members who serve their communities throughout the United States and around the world. In essence, AAMS strives to advance the art and science of transport medicine through advocacy, education, and research ensuring high quality, life-saving care to patients and communities worldwide.
AAMS offers a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year such as the Medical Transport Leadership Institute (MTLI), Safety Management Training Academy (SMTA), and Critical Care Transport Academy (CCTA). AAMS also annually hosts Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC). This conference provides up-to-date information on the latest techniques and innovative approaches to critical care transport medicine by industry experts. AMTC features an exhibit hall rife with innovative industry technologies, product and service providers, and industry leaders.
Offering satellite communications (Satcom) to enable mission-critical capabilities for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations, SKYTRAC annually attends AMTC. With more than 200 EMS and SAR aircraft currently utilizing SKYTRAC’s Satcom capabilities, SKYTRAC is a key product and service provider for the EMS industry. Read more about STARS Air Ambulance Choosing SKYTRAC Push-to-Talk and In-Flight Data-Transfer for the H145. Initially focusing on rotorcraft fleets, SKYTRAC recently expanded its offerings to include fixed-wing aircraft. In 2020, SKYTRAC announced a partnership with Stat MedEvac and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), conducting a first-of-its-kind satellite transmission of medical data using the SKYTRAC ISAT-200A and ZOLL® X Series® monitor/defibrillator. Read the full release.
Our EMS partners select SKYTRAC for an end-to-end array of capabilities, including industry compliant Automated Flight Following (AFF), Flight Data Monitoring (FDM), real-time HUMS alerting, medical data transfer, telemedicine, and Satellite Push-to-Talk (PTT). Medical Data Transfer through satellite connectivity enables accurate and reliable data sharing shaving vital minutes off of response times. With SKYTRAC Medical Data Transfer, air medical first responders can now transmit secure data through Satcom or cellular from popular ZOLL monitor/defibrillator devices in rural areas directly to hospitals before the patient arrives, giving medical professionals valuable preparation time.
Offering these innovative capabilities to support EMS operations, SKYTRAC significantly contributes to the air medical service community and aligns with AAMS’ mission to ensure high quality, life-saving care to patients and communities worldwide. SKYTRAC is proud to be a member of the AAMS and to support the EMS operations at large.