Meds Overhead: New Drone System Delivers Blood & Medical Supplies To Remote Areas

Recently we discussed what might happen if drones begin making commercial deliveries inthe United States.  The attendant surveillance and sky-traffic might make things a little weird, particularly in urban areas.  However, it’s important to note that non-commercial drones could make some very important deliveries out beyond where traditional services usually roam…

 
But will it get chased by vampire bats?
(Image courtesy fiercebiotech.com.)

According to TheVerge.com, a new drone program called “Zipline” could soon help to bring medical supplies (including blood) to remote areas in times of emergency.  Rural communities in the states of Washington, Maryland, and Nevada (including Native American reservations) could be tremendously aided by the initiative.

Keller Rinaudo, Zipline’s founder and CEO, explained, "When you look at rural or isolated communities, particularly Native American populations, populations that live on islands, you have serious health outcome inequalities…There’s a linear relationship between how far away you live from a city and your expected lifespan. So our hope is that this type of technology can solve those kinds of inequalities."


Death from above?  Not these drones...
(Image courtesy dailymail.co.uk.)

Zipline, which launched in 2014 after being partially funded by Microsoft founder Paul Allen, had gotten its start delivering blood and medical supplies in Rwanda.  It is expected to be operational across half of that nation by the end of August, and is also looking to expand to other parts of East Africa.


These little air-ambulances get the job done!
(Image courtesy geekwire.com.)

UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) have become the “flying cars” we dreamed of for the future…just not with us as passengers.  However, current FAA rules still mandate that all drones remain in sight of their operators.  Zipline is working in conjunction with the White House to obtain a waiver for this law, with the intent of being operational in America within six months.


No parking spaces or fancy runways needed!
(Image courtesy somedrones.com.)


The UAVs, known as “Zips”, can tote three pounds of blood or medicine through the air, and can fly up to 75 miles on a single electric charge.  Their navigation systems rely on GPS and cellular networks for accuracy.  Deliveries can be ordered by text message from approved hospitals, and can arrive within 30 minutes – even better than pizza.

While India has a similar medical-drone delivery system for organs, and the ladies of Ghana can obtain birth control via UAVs, the medical-drone concept is still a relatively new one in the U.S.  However, with an overwhelmed health care system and difficulty of medical access for a striking number of citizens, this new system could help level the field of caregiving.  And best of all, they’re not “levelling the field” like some other, less care-oriented drones do.

The little blood-drop icon shows where the drones will be GIVING blood,
not explosively extracting it.
(Image courtesy mic.com.)

7 comments:

  1. There's a big buzz surrounding technology companies using drones for delivery related services. Some companies even claim to have started implementing and testing these services. Whatever is the case, most of the time this idea is looked upon as merely a fantasy not ready to be fulfilled soon enough. See more http://mydronelab.com/blog/types-of-military-drones.html

    ReplyDelete
  2. When you use natural health medicine, you know that you are getting the best of both worlds. You are getting help from Mother Nature as well as man through the extraction and compilation of these products.
    Does the hpv vaccine prevent herpes

    ReplyDelete
  3. Truly anybody can arrange doctor's visit expenses with the medicinal guide supplier. Utilizing an advance or dissolving one's business or petitioning for insolvency won't help you handle your therapeutic obligation.http://www.medicalcareers101.com/

    ReplyDelete
  4. Now a days technology is helping the delivery of the blood,medicine and laboratory equipment suppliers from one place to another and to those places where transportation is not easy.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thank you very much for sharing such a useful article. Will definitely saved and revisit your site
    marijuana delivery app

    ReplyDelete
  6. This scrub top is long enough to hide my tummy too! It is a women's cut, not Juniors. Very nice material. I ordered the pants to match! I ordered the womens scrub tops in pink and green. Both colors look really nice.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Making EHRs easy to use by significantly reducing the number of mouse clicks and typing, Dragon Medical Practice Edition enables clinicians to document care much more efficiently.
    maleedge

    ReplyDelete