For business travelers the possibility of having a medical emergency is actually fairly low. However, increasingly, executives and their firms are taking pre-emptive action to deal with health crises when on the road. According to Kevin M. Cuff, executive director of The Professional Risk Managers’ International Association, “While a low risk probability, if an executive faces a health emergency while traveling, the consequences can be severe. Overall, not many executives are adequately prepared, or prepared at all, to deal with a health matter while traveling resulting in bad situations becoming considerably worse.”
There are a number of ways to address the prospect of having to deal with health issues while on the road. While avoiding traveling and opting to leverage telepresence technologies can sometimes prove effective, in the near-future, business travel will continue to be essential for many executives.
Many companies are satisfied with a base level of healthcare comprised on annual physicals and a travel assist hotline. In some cases, this is probably sufficient, but it’s unlikely to be adequate for many, if not most, executives. This is especially the case during a medical emergency such as a heart attack or stroke and time is of the essence.
“The Golden Hour represents the time delay between the onset of a crisis and the start of effective treatment. The longer care is delayed during the Golden Hour, the greater the opportunity for something serious to turn truly dangerous or deadly,” explains Dan Carlin, CEO and Lead Physician of WorldClinic. “The optimal solution starts with a travel brief that outlines all local risks, health resources, and other pertinent information for each destination an executive is going to. Then by leveraging state-of-the-art tele-medical technology, combined with customized medical kits, the executive is able to be immediately diagnosed and treated, directed to local healthcare resources when appropriate, and medevac’d out if need be. This technological link between the traveling executive and medical treatment is referred to as continuous connected care.”
What’s becoming evident is that smart globe hopping executives are looking for a higher level of medical security and treatment when they are on the road. To date, probably the superior solution for them is continuous connected care. It’s an approach to healthcare that is only going to become more refined as the technology improves. This will not only benefit traveling executives, but everyone in need of healthcare.