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.