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.



Since launching the review on November 22, 2019, we have received insights from stakeholders across the Province. One of the ways we heard from Albertans was at a HEMS public webinar, held July 16, 2020. If you’d like to view the webinar, please click here.


The engagement period for the HEMS review has now concluded and no new formal engagement activity will be scheduled. The Project team will include the input received in preparing recommendations for Alberta Health relating to standards (aviation and medical), governance (accountability framework) and the affordability/sustainability of HEMS in Alberta.

While we do not have further engagement sessions planned, we continue to welcome Albertans to Ask A Question via the Tool below.

As always, we welcome Albertans to contact us if you have questions. Please email us at HEMSReview@ahs.ca.

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.



Since launching the review on November 22, 2019, we have received insights from stakeholders across the Province. One of the ways we heard from Albertans was at a HEMS public webinar, held July 16, 2020. If you’d like to view the webinar, please click here.


The engagement period for the HEMS review has now concluded and no new formal engagement activity will be scheduled. The Project team will include the input received in preparing recommendations for Alberta Health relating to standards (aviation and medical), governance (accountability framework) and the affordability/sustainability of HEMS in Alberta.

While we do not have further engagement sessions planned, we continue to welcome Albertans to Ask A Question via the Tool below.

As always, we welcome Albertans to contact us if you have questions. Please email us at HEMSReview@ahs.ca.

  • 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.



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