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Challenges faced by drones in healthcare

Author : Robert Brown, Ultralife Corporation

30 November 2022

The latest advancement in the healthcare sector is the use of drones to transport medical supplies and devices. Robert Brown, Marketing Executive of Ultralife Corporation, explores how drones are impacting the healthcare sector.

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(Image: Shutterstock)

Simulation models show that drones could have huge cost advantages, with savings between 20 and 50 percent, compared to traditional multi-tiered land transport systems. Due to their smaller size, they also have the advantage of being able to access more remote areas and need less manpower to run them. 

This new mode of transport is proving invaluable in remote communities that have poor access to healthcare and are geographically distant from major hospitals, such as Southeast Asian countries and especially their islands, such as Indonesia. The current system of using helicopters to deliver medical equipment is not cost-efficient and can lead to some of the most rural communities being forgotten, as there are no helicopter landing spots nearby. 

Read the full article in DPA's December issue

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