Autonomous delivery drones are now being used for the delivery of medical supplies. This
technology is particularly useful for hard to reach and disaster struck areas. Use of drones for the
delivery of medical supplies, or delivery in general is a very intriguing idea having its own pros and
cons. In healthcare, the drones have already been trialled and tested for the delivery of food and
medical supplies to areas struck by disaster e-g Haiti.
Many countries have now officially started to use drones for the delivery of medical supplies to hard
to reach areas. Many African countries are also benefiting from the technology including Rwanda
and Ghana. Drones make it possible to provide better, efficient and timely healthcare to people in
need from a distance.
The delivery of medications, vaccinations and other lifesaving supplies right from the source to the
target can minimize the outbreaks of life threatening contagious diseases. This technology can
eventually help wipe out several fatal diseases from the face of earth which has been a goal of global
healthcare but has not been made possible due to many limitations.
Not just medical supplies, but other lifesaving equipment such as communication devices and
portable shelter are on the vast list of things whose rapid delivery can be made possible to the areas
where damage to infrastructure has made it difficult to utilize ground or typical air transport.
The future prospects of drone usage are far more promising. They can be used to deliver medicines
right to the bedside of the patient from the pharmacy thus eliminating the need for human effort.
This would not only allow humans to use their energy for a better job but also assure an error free
and timely administration of drugs. Drones can also supply medications to the patients being nursed
at home rather than a hospital setting. Soon enough, it may also be possible to provide the care at
home that is currently being provided at hospitals. Drone technology could possibly be used to draw
blood and rapidly deliver it to the lab to be tested right from the comfort of your home.
The technology will also help enable senior citizen to care for themselves at home much longer than
they currently do thus promoting independence for as long as possible. A drone can also help deliver
the right medications at the right time to a patient with dementia. Considering all these aspects, it
does not seem far-fetched that drones will soon be ready to provide lifesaving emergency
healthcare to people involved in accidents or faced with cardiac issues such as a myocardial
infarction (or heart attack in common terms).
Healthcare organizations have already started to develop mobile technologies to solve many of the
health problems faced today by the patients. Some more examples of the advanced technologies in
healthcare are telemedicine, mobile devices, and remote monitoring. Soon, technology will make it
possible for everyone to access appropriate health care whenever they need it.