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Rising Instances of Chronic and Infectious Diseases to Create Opportunities for the Global Air Ambulance Market Through 2020, Reports Technavio

July 4, 2016
By Business Wire News


Technavio analysts forecast the global air ambulance marketto grow at a CAGR of close to 10% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.

The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global air ambulance market for 2016-2020. The report presents the market segmentation based on application (hospital-based model, community-based model, and other service models), aircraft type (fixed wing and rotary wing), and geography (Americas, EMEA, and APAC).

Technavio aerospace and defense analysts highlight the following four factors that are contributing to the growth of the global air ambulance market:

  • Increase in number of service providers
  • Access to remote areas
  • Advanced onboard medical treatment
  • Rising instances of chronic and infectious diseases

Increase in number of service providers

Air ambulance transport has been gaining considerable recognition in the western regions and has started to witness an influx in developing markets as well. India has been a key country and has seen significant growth for air ambulance services.

The increase in service providers such as Falck, EMSOS, Saras Ambulance, Air Ambulance World, and Wheels India has witnessed a high market potential in India. The Northern Norway Regional Health Authority (NNRHA) invested USD 48 million in medical air ambulance operations. The number of air ambulance operations recorded was 16 per 1,000 inhabitants, which was more frequent than in other north European regions.

“Increasing instances of road accidents and natural calamities, aging population, prevalence of critical health conditions, and growing community health awareness have led to a rising demand for ambulance services,” says Arushi Thakur, an industry expert at Technavio for aerospace components research. In 2015, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) set up new regulations that support players such as Aviators Air Rescue, India’s first dedicated air ambulance operator, to conduct air ambulance services across the nation. In addition, Air Methods has also shown interest to provide similar medical emergency services.

Access to remote areas

During natural disasters, air ambulance facilities reach the affected areas in much less time than road ambulance services. Air ambulances have the ability to reach highly built-up areas including highlands and over vast expanses of water. Helicopter air ambulances (HAA), are capable of transporting patients directly from the place of accident or a patient’s residence to a healthcare establishment. In addition, sufficient medical assistance is given to the patient by the onboard paramedic and medical staff.

“These facilities on air ambulances not only save transportation time but also extend immediate medical care, which is vital for patients in critical conditions,” says Arushi. In 2015, JetSetGo introduced medical air ambulance services to provide emergency services and to improve healthcare access in remote areas of India.

Advanced onboard medical treatment

As technology progresses, service providers continuously work to ensure that their aircraft are equipped with advanced innovations to provide optimum medical care for cardiac, medical, or trauma patients.

They also have onboard paramedics and trained medical staff who extend medical care to patients trapped in regions struck by natural disasters. In such cases, as the count of victims may be significant, it is practical to address medical needs by deploying paramedics to the affected area with well-equipped air ambulances.

In 2016, Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust in the UK and AirCare 5 in the US upgraded their on-board service with better equipment such as emergency life support equipment for their air ambulance aircraft.

Rising instances of chronic and infectious diseases

As the aging population increases, there are high chances of an increase in associated diseases and conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, trauma, respiratory problems, cancer, and osteoporosis to rise. For patients suffering from such medical conditions, air ambulance services play a vital role by considerably reducing the travel time to reach a medical facility. In addition, immediate medical treatment can be provided by onboard medical practitioners.

Diseases associated with the heart are among the leading causes of deaths worldwide. Health data compiled from more than 190 countries show that diseases associated with heart remains the biggest global cause of death with 17.3 million deaths each year. In the US, as per the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of death include cancer, heart diseases, and chronic lower respiratory diseases.

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