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MedjetAssist Joins Forces With Crisis Assistance Plus, Powered By FocusPoint International, Inc., To Provide Comprehensive Medical And Crisis Travel Assistance

MedjetAssist announced they have teamed up with Crisis Assistance Plus™ (CAP) powered by FocusPoint International, Inc. MedjetAssist provides medical repatriation services virtually anywhere in the world to members who may be hospitalized while traveling. CAP assists members whose travel may be impacted by security or political threats. Together, the two programs provide a comprehensive package to both corporate and leisure travelers.

“Medjet’s partnership with FocusPoint International is a marrying of two companies that are top-of-class in each of our respective fields,” said Roy Berger, President and CEO of MedjetAssist. “Crisis Assistance Plus as a membership option for Medjet travelers now gives our members the additional peace of mind against political and security safety hazards while away from home.”

“Partnering with MedjetAssist significantly enhances our crisis assistance membership program,” said Greg Pearson, President and CEO of FocusPoint International. “The ability to seamlessly integrate Medjet’s air medical transport service into the security and political evacuation component of our crisis assistance program made perfect sense. The fact that we both offer a fully funded membership, not an access program or an insured product, underpins our commitment to offer a world class travel assistance solution that far exceeds anything currently available in the market.”

As a Medjet member, travelers have peace of mind knowing that should they become hospitalized more than 150 miles from home virtually anywhere in the world, Medjet will make arrangements for air medical transport to the member’s home-country hospital of choice. There is no additional cost to the member and there are no health restrictions. Members also have access to medical and legal referrals, interpretation services, and immunization, visa, and passport assistance.

Similarly, if a CAP member is affected by a crisis event while traveling more than 150 miles from home anywhere in the world, the member will receive, at no additional cost, crisis consultation through FocusPoint’s 24/7 Crisis Response Center (CRC) and coordinated response services to resolve the situation. Covered events include terrorism, criminal violence, hijacking, wrongful detention, extortion, kidnap for ransom, the threat of political violence, and blackmail. Additional benefits include medical, dental, and legal referrals, interpretation services, visa and passport recovery and assistance, and GPS traveler tracking (opt-in benefit offered at an additional cost).

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Join International SOS At The XX World Congress On Safety And Health At Work 2014

International SOS is pleased to be a patron of this year’s XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.

The event takes place at the Congress Centre in Frankfurt, Germany from 24 August until 27 August 2014. It is a global forum for prevention, medical and occupational health experts. International SOS will be running different activities to highlight the importance of prevention policies that protect the health and safety of business travellers and expatriates.

On 26 August between 10:00 – 11:00 Dr. Stefan Eßer, Medical Director, International SOS Central Europe, and Dr. David Gold from the International SOS Foundation, will be hosting a workshop on global occupational safety and health standards to protect workers travelling or on foreign assignment.

This event will link to the organisation’s Global Framework, which is the world’s first such document looking at aspects of Duty of Care for safety on business journeys and foreign assignments.

On 26 August 2014 between 16:00 – 18:00 Dr Eßer will speak about Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV prevention. The symposium is focusing on the relation between occupational safety and health and corporate social responsibility and is an opportunity to present key practical examples.

“Being a patron of the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work is a real privilege. It is a great opportunity to come together with many varied organisations to focus on the importance of having strong preventative cultures in the workplace” says Dr Eßer. “The congress brings people together who know that putting the security and health of their employee comes first. Doing this brings many benefits to their organisation and the individuals working for it. This is exactly what we here at International SOS are trying to achieve on a daily basis with our staff and our clients.”

The World Congress is expected to attract over 4,000 participants from more than 100 countries. In 2014 the event’s motto is ‘sharing a vision for sustainable prevention’. The motto characterises the three main topics that will be addressed by the technical sessions of the congress: Prevention Culture – Prevention Strategies – Vision Zero, Challenges in Occupational Health and Diversity in the World of Work.

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Angel MedFlight's Innovative Approach to Employee Training

As an innovative industry leader, Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance implements a world-class training and development program to ensure every employee is equipped with the necessary tools to excel in his or her job function.

This requires remaining on the cutting edge of technology and education in two ever-evolving industries: aviation and healthcare.

Matt Greenwell, RN, CFRN, NREMT-P, FP-C, Angel MedFlight's Director of Clinical Operations teaches a Flight Physiology training course. He explains how pressure and altitude affect patients and the medical flight crew alike. Everything is measured in pressure and how it affects people differently; a patient is going to react differently at sea level than at 40,000 feet. "It's very important that the patient's history and condition is taken into consideration when the flight coordinators plan the flight," said Greenwell, adding, "Altitude and air density, cabin pressure and the condition of the patient all play a role in coordinating a flight and determining the correct altitude and cabin pressure."

Angel MedFlight's training curriculum is comprised of specialized instruction from each department including aviation, aviation maintenance, safety, operations, flight coordination, medical, quality management, legal, claims, human resources, IT and business development.

Employees are trained to understand the role of each job function and how they integrate; streamlining the overall communication process.

Employee training is an ongoing process; with continuing education requirements. An important part of Angel MedFlight's training program is a course designed for Flight Coordinators. It is imperative for Flight Coordinators to know how flights operate, the medical and technical aspects involved to accurately determine each patient's medical needs.

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AirMed Flight Crews Complete Training for Kathmandu, Nepal

Following a recent increase in the number of requests for repatriations from Kathmandu in Nepal, AirMed has taken the decision to invest in additional flight crew training and gain approval for operations into this complex airfield.

“We are constantly communicating with our clients to find ways in which we can enhance our service” says Jane Topliss, Director for Business Development. “With the increasing ease of access to the Himalayas and the growing popularity of travel to that area, it has become clear that our clients have a developing need for air ambulance capabilities in and out of Kathmandu, especially as it is known that the healthcare facilities in this region are limited.”

Kathmandu is a complex airport to operate from because of the difficult terrain and high altitude. Due to this all flight crews have to have specific training on the air traffic procedures at the airport prior to them being approved to be able to operate there. This is an annual training and approval requirement which is being integrated into AirMed’s standard flight crew training programme.

Two of AirMed’s Learjet 35A flight crews have already gained the approval with the remaining pilots scheduled to complete it during their next recurrent 6 monthly simulator training in the U.S.

Jane added, “During the last few years AirMed has gained considerable experience in longer distance air ambulance missions. Last year we repatriated patients from as far afield as Uruguay and Brunei and by providing this additional capability we are ensuring our clients are not only being provided with the highest quality of care for their patients, but also a service which covers the majority of geographical regions. We never stand still, we are continually developing in terms of what solutions we can provide to our clients and ultimately to our patients.”

About AirMed

AirMed is a specialist fixed wing air ambulance company based at Oxford Airport (EGTK) in the UK. They have been operational for nearly 30 years and can provide specialist services like neonatal, paediatric, obstetric, burns and ECMO. Their fleet consists of 5 aircraft; 2 x Learjet 35As, 2 x Piper Cheyenne IIIAs and 1 Piper Cheyenne IIXL all of which are owned and operated by AirMed and are maintained at AirMed’s EASA Part 145 Approved Maintenance facility. AirMed is registered with the Care Quality Commission in England and holds Full Accreditation “Special Care” with EURAMI. During 2013 they carried out 600 patient transfers including one adult patient with 95% full thickness burns.

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Defining International Assistance In 2014 And Beyond Part 1

 

In A Closed Door Exclusive Round Table Business Forum International Private Medical Insurance Magazine Spoke With Industry Leaders From The International Assistance Market.

The 1st In A Series Of VIP Assistance Round Table Business Forums, we focus on the definition of medical, travel and technical assistance services in 2014 including service capability, geographic reach, memorable cases, custom networks, the benefits of outsourcing and the adoption of new technology.

Featuring C-Level Executive Commentary From Allianz Global Assistance, Athens Assistance, Europ Assistance, Medic Assistance International, REUTER Consulting And Rowland Brothers.

International tourist arrivals grew by 5% in 2013, reaching a record 1,087 million arrivals. Despite the current global economic climate, international tourism results were well above expectations, with an additional 52 million international tourists travelling the world in 2013. For 2014 the UNWTO forecasts 4% to 4.5% growth, above the long term projections. Demand for international tourism was strongest for destinations in Asia and the Pacific (+6%), Africa (+6%) and Europe (+5%). The leading sub-regions were South-East Asia (+10%), Central and Eastern Europe (+7%), Southern and Mediterranean Europe (+6%) and North Africa (+6%). The UNWTO forecasts international arrivals to increase by 4% to 4.5% in 2014, again above its long-term forecast of +3.8% per year between 2010 and 2020.

“2013 was an excellent year for international tourism. The tourism sector has shown a remarkable capacity to adjust to the changing market conditions, fuelling growth and job creation around the world, despite the lingering economic and geopolitical challenges. Indeed, tourism has been among the few sectors generating positive news for many economies.”
Taleb Rifai UNWTO Secretary General

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Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance

You may be a frequent flyer business traveler, student, leisure or medical health tourist considering the Expat Life. Perhaps you are already established as a Expat living far from home on distant shores. Where ever you are now, understanding Technical Assistance requirements is vital to a safe, risk free Global Expatriate Life. Accidents do happen and when you least expect them.

Insuring you have the right type of Technical Assistance will mean, should anything untoward happen, you will not be faced with a large medical bill, or even worse, insufficient or no medical care.

Expats searching the internet to source, compare and select the best Technical Assistance for Overseas Assignments, Travel Abroad and Student Travel Programs are now covered by International Private Medical Insurance Magazines Online Technical Assistance company and plan guide.

Get the lowdown on who's who and which Technical Assistance companies you should trust with your life. Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical news and information about Technical Assistance to individual expatriates, expat groups, expatriate employers and Expat Health Insurance brokers and intermediaries. It is important to fully understand Technical Assistance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate Technical Assistance plan and cover for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes.

Technical Assistance and Expatriate Healthcare Insurance and Healthcare comes in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the Technical Assistance plan, costs and fine print.

Make sure your Technical Assistance plan covers you for costs relating to repatriation, emergency evacuation, medical and non medical transport services by ground ambulance or air ambulance.

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Medical Assistance

Medical Assistance

You may be a frequent flyer business traveler, student, leisure or medical health tourist considering the Expat Life. Perhaps you are already established as a Expat living far from home on distant shores. Where ever you are now, understanding Medical assistance requirements is vital to a safe, risk free Global Expatriate Life. Accidents do happen and when you least expect them.

Insuring you have the right type of Medical assistance will mean, should anything untoward happen, you will not be faced with a large medical bill, or even worse, insufficient or no medical care.

Expats searching the internet to source, compare and select the best Medical assistance for Overseas Assignments, Travel Abroad and Student Travel Programs are now covered by International Private Medical Insurance Magazines Online Medical assistance company and plan guide. Get the lowdown on who's who and which Medical assistance companies you should trust with your life. Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical news and information about Medical assistance to individual expatriates, expat groups, expatriate employers and Expat Health Insurance brokers and intermediaries.

It is important to fully understand Medical assistance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate Medical assistance plan and cover for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes. Medical assistance and Expatriate Healthcare Insurance and Healthcare comes in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the Medical assistance plan, costs and fine print. Make sure your Medical assistance plan covers you for costs relating to repatriation, emergency evacuation, medical and non medical transport services by ground ambulance or air ambulance.

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Roadside Assistance

Roadside Assistance

You may be a frequent flyer business traveler, student, leisure or medical health tourist considering the Expat Life. Perhaps you are already established as a Expat living far from home on distant shores. Where ever you are now, understanding Roadside assistance requirements is vital to a safe, risk free Global Expatriate Life. Accidents do happen and when you least expect them.

Insuring you have the right type of Roadside assistance will mean, should anything untoward happen, you will not be faced with a large medical bill, or even worse, insufficient or no medical care.

Expats searching the internet to source, compare and select the best Roadside assistance for Overseas Assignments, Travel Abroad and Student Travel Programs are now covered by International Private Medical Insurance Magazines Online Roadside assistance company and plan guide. Get the lowdown on who's who and which Roadside assistance companies you should trust with your life.

Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical news and information about Roadside assistance to individual expatriates, expat groups, expatriate employers and Expat Health Insurance brokers and intermediaries. It is important to fully understand Roadside assistance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate Roadside assistance plan and cover for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes.

Roadside assistance comes in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the Roadside assistance plan, costs and fine print. Make sure your Roadside assistance plan covers you for costs relating to repatriation, emergency evacuation, medical and non medical transport services by ground ambulance or air ambulance.

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Legal Assistance

Legal Assistance

You may be a frequent flyer business traveler, student, leisure or medical health tourist considering the Expat Life. Perhaps you are already established as a Expat living far from home on distant shores.

Where ever you are now, understanding Legal assistance requirements is vital to a safe, risk free Global Expatriate Life. Accidents do happen and when you least expect them.

Insuring you have the right type of Legal assistance will mean, should anything untoward happen, you will not be faced with a large medical bill, or even worse, insufficient or no medical care.

Expats searching the internet to source, compare and select the best Legal assistance for Overseas Assignments, Travel Abroad and Student Travel Programs are now covered by International Private Medical Insurance Magazines Online Legal assistance company and plan guide. Get the lowdown on who's who and which Legal assistance companies you should trust with your life. Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical news and information about Legal assistance to individual expatriates, expat groups, expatriate employers and Expat Health Insurance brokers and intermediaries. It is important to fully understand Legal assistance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate Legal assistance plan and cover for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes.

Legal assistance and Expatriate Healthcare Insurance and Healthcare comes in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the Legal assistance plan, costs and fine print. Make sure your Legal assistance plan covers you for costs relating to repatriation, emergency evacuation, medical and non medical transport services by ground ambulance or air ambulance.

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