Why Drones Are The Future Of Healthcare Industry

Sneha Santra
Sneha Santra Apr 01 2019 - 3 min read
Why Drones Are The Future Of Healthcare Industry
Entrepreneurs in the medical industry have also begun prototyping and testing several of these drones that can be used for a range of purposes

The rise of technology is disrupting traditional business practices in almost every industry. One such innovation is drones; the usage of drones in almost every industry is on the rise.

Amazon may have been the first company to begin drone testing for commercial use, but that was back in 2013. Since then, the interest in these mostly four (quadcopters) or six (hexacopters) engines little flying objects has skyrocketed over the past years.  A major reason for this sudden increase in popularity of the drones was their affordability and easy access to the public.

Not only in the technological spaces but entrepreneurs in the medical industry have also begun prototyping and testing several of these drones that can be used for a range of purposes. Hence, Drones can easily be called as the future of the healthcare industry.

Delivery to Rural Areas

In the context of healthcare, rural areas are the worst affected. Due to poor construction, and isolated regions, medical supplies take time to reach there. With the use of drones, medical supplies can be delivered to inaccessible areas all across the country. Thus, making healthcare accessible to people living in these areas.

Delivering Blood Samples

While the need for blood is universal, access to blood for those who need it is sadly not. Every two seconds someone in the world needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Whereas many people die due to a shortage of blood supply.

With the usage of drones, blood samples can be sent to the required hospital, even in the remotest corner and can save the lives of many.

Organ Delivery

Possibly in the near future, drones will revolutionize the way human transplant organs (including stem cells) are transported in the world. The usage of drones will automate the transportation of donated organs to people all over the country, in emergency situations, by placing them outside of organ procurement facilities. It is anticipated that the service will deliver hundreds of organs a day.

Emergency Situation

This delivery drone can be effectively used for disaster relief by delivering aid, to affected areas. Relying on simulated studies that have found that drones on average arrive 16 minutes quicker than other emergency services, drone companies around the world are partnering with emergency service providers to launch rescue/ ambulance drones. Upon arriving at the site of the emergency, the medical equipment can be operated by members of the public utilizing audio or visual pre-recorded or live instructions by medical personnel.

Manoj Akula, B.Tech Electronics and Communication Engineering, UPES Dehradun, and also the producer of a gimbal inspired drone,  said, “Instead of transporting essential healthcare products by a vehicle which would take a lot more time, drones can deliver within the shortest possible time so lives could be saved during a crisis. I have realized there is a lot more potential in this integration of medicine with technology to address the basic needs of the developing India.”

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