Drones May Become ‘The Next Big Thing’ In Healthcare Delivery
Since ancient times, technology has allowed society to defy the limits of human possibility. Especially with regards to modern healthcare, the world has harnessed technology to make incredibly innovative outcomes possible.
One such example is drone technology— although originally envisioned for aerial and military use, innovators have found a way to embrace this technology for another crucial application: augmenting healthcare delivery.
Drones have displayed incredible promise in various aspects of clinical care. One of the most profound applications has been the use of drones for telehealth and virtual care, as envisioned by University of Cincinnati researchers last year. The value impact of this is momentous, as it provides an opportunity to expand care to otherwise hard-to-reach patients and potentially resolve the significant access-to-care issues plaguing modern day healthcare.
Additionally, drones are also being utilized worldwide for delivery of healthcare supplies and goods. I wrote last year about how drones are being used for delivery of Covid-19 vaccines, which is an incredibly innovative solution to the seemingly daunting task of deciphering vaccine delivery logistics.