Drone in your home? Telehealth makeover underway at Univ of Cincinnati
Telehealth delivery appears to be in the midst of a makeover.
Inventors at the University of Cincinnati are developing drone technology that could be used to conduct virtual visits inside people’s homes.
Once fully developed, the drone will be able to navigate indoor spaces and bring two-way communication equipment directly to patients, said Dr. Manish Kumar, one of the inventors and a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Cincinnati, in a phone interview.
“Currently, medical drones… are used to drop off medicines to people’s homes or other places,” Kumar said. “These drones…are only used for outdoor purposes. Our drone is going to do not only that but also go inside people’s homes.”
Victoria Wangia-Anderson, a professor and director of health informatics in UC’s College of Allied Health Sciences, demonstrates how the drone can deliver medicine or at-home test kits. (Photo: Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative)
The drone will have cameras and a display screen so patients can talk to healthcare professionals.