Carolinas Healthcare System unifies communication with air ambulances

More and more states are making it illegal to text while driving, but a major health system in North and South Carolina is adding text capabilities--along with integrated voice communication and tracking technology--to its fleet of air ambulances. Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas Healthcare System, will install the FLEET Satcom mobile communications system from EMS Sky Connect, Takoma Park, Md., in the three helicopters and four airplanes operated by Carolinas' MedCenter Air program.

The technology integrates airborne tracking and communications technology through a single service. "We wanted a solution with coverage for aircraft traveling within the Carolinas as well as worldwide coverage for fixed-wing aircraft that travel internationally, offering the ability to both track and talk, all in a standardized system," Jason Schwebach, MedCenter Air's administrative director, says, according to Healthcare IT News.

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