“It’s like this most days in Barcelona” says the new CMO of Remote Health International, Axel Grini Wangberg, when I meet him for a walk in the charming El Born area of Barcelona. He is referring to the spotless blue sky above and the bustling streets around us. For someone that grew up in close proximity to the Norwegian nature he seems to have blended in effortlessly to big city life. “I had to learn to adapt to new places and people from a very early age as my family moved a lot. In addition, I always had an strong interest for other countries, different types of nature, culture and people. So to nobodies surprise, I left for USA already 17 years old, did my medical studies abroad, have later travelled more countries than my age and now live and work in Spain”, he laughs.
Wangberg is a certified specialist in General medicine and has most of his medical experience from prehospital care and emergency medicine. “From I was quite young I had a general fascination for mastering difficult situations which led me to seek those challenges in work as well as my free time. That challenge seeking attitude together with my genuine interest in medicine and people is what got me into first aid and prehospital emergency care in the first place. It has also prepared me for numerous situations outside my work. In North Queensland, Australia, I had to decompress a tension pneumothorax with my own emergency equipment and evacuate a polytrauma patient out of the rainforest on primitive dirt roads. On one of my last flights to Barcelona I had to down the plane in Paris due to one of the passengers suffering a septic shock. The treatment options in air where scarce at best. Situations like these happens somewhere as we speak. Being in the middle of them really makes you realize the need for further development of remote healthcare”, says Wangberg.
“I got to know the CEO of the company, Christian Gorgas, during our medical studies. We became friends and discovered early on a common interest for remote medicine although we later would choose different ways to work with it. To be able to work with remote health together with someone as dedicated and skilled as him, was an offer that simply was too interesting to turn down. It came down to the possibility of making a major positive change to peoples lives on a bigger scale and doing so together with highly dedicated people that share similar goals and mindset. In addition, remote medicine is a field of medicine that has a lot of developmental potential and involves multiple challenges to be solved. I couldn’t be more exited to be able to take part in that process”.