Innovation

Emergency Services in Emerging Economies: Challenges and First Steps

Centralised emergency medical services (EMS) systems such as the North American 9-1-1 calling service are relatively new to emerging economies. Despite high demand, their growth and effectiveness have been low due to insufficient resources and systemic inefficiencies. Given the unique challenges of the Indian setting, Professor Lavanya Marla and her co-authors highlight the need to bring EMS systems into public policy discussions and develop novel, interdisciplinary solutions to design and operational issues.

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Emergency Medical Services: Are Drones the Future?

Poor access to emergency medical care is a major barrier in the treatment of time-sensitive medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests and motor vehicle accidents. In this article, Justin J. Boutilier of the University of Toronto explores the potential of drone technology to be a transformative innovation for the provision of emergency medical services, despite a host of new technological, regulatory and operational challenges.

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Saving Lives: Emergency Medical Services in India

By the year 2025, road traffic deaths in India are expected to cross 250,000 annually. Providing timely and high-quality emergency health services is a challenge, given supply-side problems, regulatory and policy issues, and lack of awareness about emergency care in the country. A robust national emergency medical service with an interdisciplinary approach is the need of the hour to complement the country’s still evolving healthcare facilities, argued panelists at a First Practice-based Summit on Emergency Medical Services held at the Indian School of Business.

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