Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) Review

HEMS – An Alberta Solution

Thank you for visiting Together4Health. We have restarted the HEMS Review following a temporary pause to allow our teams to focus on Alberta's response to COVID-19.

Helicopter air ambulances provide a vital service to Albertans across the province. As we review these services, we want your feedback to ensure that the needs of all Albertans are met in the most effective way possible.

Through a full review of Alberta’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) program we aim to more clearly define the role of HEMS providers, unify practices and procedures across the province, and determine the most effective funding model.

We want your input!

AHS wants to ensure that Albertans have a voice in the HEMS review.

Our project team will be looking at standards (aviation and medical), governance (accountability framework) and the affordability/sustainability of HEMS in Alberta. Fixed-wing air ambulance services, ground EMS services, and Search & Rescue activities prior to medical transport are all excluded from this review.

Since launching the review on November 22, 2019, we have invited participation from stakeholders across the Province. We have added a new survey and invite you to share your perspectives.

We will be hosting 2 webinars on Thursday, July 16, and welcome you to join us. Please note - we were experiencing some technical difficulties with the HEMS Review email which have since been resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

As always, we welcome Albertans to contact us about exploring further engagement opportunities. Please email us at HEMSReview@ahs.ca if you’d like to learn more.

HEMS – An Alberta Solution

Thank you for visiting Together4Health. We have restarted the HEMS Review following a temporary pause to allow our teams to focus on Alberta's response to COVID-19.

Helicopter air ambulances provide a vital service to Albertans across the province. As we review these services, we want your feedback to ensure that the needs of all Albertans are met in the most effective way possible.

Through a full review of Alberta’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) program we aim to more clearly define the role of HEMS providers, unify practices and procedures across the province, and determine the most effective funding model.

We want your input!

AHS wants to ensure that Albertans have a voice in the HEMS review.

Our project team will be looking at standards (aviation and medical), governance (accountability framework) and the affordability/sustainability of HEMS in Alberta. Fixed-wing air ambulance services, ground EMS services, and Search & Rescue activities prior to medical transport are all excluded from this review.

Since launching the review on November 22, 2019, we have invited participation from stakeholders across the Province. We have added a new survey and invite you to share your perspectives.

We will be hosting 2 webinars on Thursday, July 16, and welcome you to join us. Please note - we were experiencing some technical difficulties with the HEMS Review email which have since been resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

As always, we welcome Albertans to contact us about exploring further engagement opportunities. Please email us at HEMSReview@ahs.ca if you’d like to learn more.

  • Alberta Health Services is responsible for patient transports in Alberta, and has a responsibility to provide equitable EMS services for Albertans.  

    The need to enhance patient care, make sure that helicopters integrate appropriately with ground ambulances and all EMS resources and to ensure that helicopter transport is safe led to the decision to conduct the HEMS Review.

    Please take a few minutes to contribute your perspectives to the review by taking our survey.


    Alberta Health Services is responsible for patient transports in Alberta, and has a responsibility to provide equitable EMS services for Albertans.  

    The need to enhance patient care, make sure that helicopters integrate appropriately with ground ambulances and all EMS resources and to ensure that helicopter transport is safe led to the decision to conduct the HEMS Review.

    Please take a few minutes to contribute your perspectives to the review by taking our survey.


    Take Survey
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.




    This survey is now closed.

    Helicopters used in Alberta for medical transport offer different services and have different clinical capabilities. (To learn more, click here.) Although different, all services play a valuable role. All helicopter medical transports must follow response criteria that considers safety, costs, other EMS resources and the likely benefit to the patient's clinical outcome.

    As we review our services to better serve Albertans, we want to hear what you think. Take our survey and share your views on when HEMS should respond.






    This survey is now closed.

    Helicopters used in Alberta for medical transport offer different services and have different clinical capabilities. (To learn more, click here.) Although different, all services play a valuable role. All helicopter medical transports must follow response criteria that considers safety, costs, other EMS resources and the likely benefit to the patient's clinical outcome.

    As we review our services to better serve Albertans, we want to hear what you think. Take our survey and share your views on when HEMS should respond.



    Take Survey