General Overview:

Amongst all the exposure of drone and its uses, this technology seems to be influencing the overall market. Also, it will be an interesting thing to analyze the potential supremacy of drones on healthcare and medical industry. In general drones are usually referred as unpiloted aircraft or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which is mainly used to carry the parcels or packages and to deliver it at desired location. When it comes to use of drones in medical sector, it usually includes delivering the blood, providing vaccines, birth control, snake bite serum and other medical supplies to remote areas and basically, has the ability to reach victims who require emergency medical attention within minutes, which in some cases could mean the difference between life and death. They can transport medicine within hospital walls and courier blood between hospital buildings, as well as give elderly patients tools to support them as they age in place.  

What effect will drones have on healthcare?

  • Drones may be used to distribute vaccines in low-income countries, potentially lowering transportation costs and increasing vaccination rates. Using drones for delivery would eliminate the highest cost of transportation, resulting in vaccinations for the poor becoming more affordable.
  • Drones can also save the day in time-sensitive circumstances. Google has begun to move forward delivering timely medical care by launching a new technology that could summon a drone in an emergency with the click of a button, potentially saving the lives of many people.
  • The system may also be useful for transporting samples to laboratories that are far away from the collection sites. Drones like Vayu are being used in many parts of Madagascar to transport blood and stool samples to laboratories that are very far from the remote areas.

Drones in Healthcare: What Role Do They Play?

1. Drones help patients receive more effective healthcare: 

This will result in more efficient and error-free drug administration. Nurses and pharmacists can function more effectively because supplies can be called to the bedside rather than having to go out and collect them. Drones could distribute medicines and supplies to patients who are being cared for at home rather than in a hospital. Outpatient and even home-based care will become more common in the future, replacing hospital-based care.

2. Transporting Blood and Other Supplies:

It’s been observed that along with the private healthcare institutes, the governments are also taking the initiatives to bring in the drone technology for betterment of the public and healthcare units. It helps in transporting the blood and other medical requirement to such remote areas, were its hard to reach. It aids in the transportation of blood and other medical supplies to difficult-to-reach areas.

3. Hospital Deliveries: 

 Rather than delivering blood samples and drugs by foot or by pneumatic tube systems, hospitals commonly use drones to move them from floor to floor or building to building. This is especially beneficial for hospitals that are expanding. Using a drone instead of a pneumatic tube system saves hospitals money by allowing them to move specimens and drugs from floor to floor at a low cost.

4. Assisting the Elderly: 

Research is also being done to discover ways to use drones to benefit the growing senior population. Small drones with manipulator arms can deliver medicine, fetch a glass of water, clean a chandelier, retrieve something from under the table, and even sort laundry.

Final Words: 

 In remote areas, telecommunication drones are used for diagnosis and care, perioperative assessment, and telementoring. Drones have the ability to be dependable distribution systems for microbiological and laboratory samples, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, emergency medical equipment, and patient transportation. Drone use has been placed on the national agenda by government agencies. Drones in medical units can be useful in a variety of ways, including lowering transportation costs, allowing for quicker deliveries, reducing carbon emissions, being cost efficient, providing distribution 24 hours a day, reaching out to remote areas, and more. As people become more aware of the advantages and benefits of using drones, demand for drone manufacturers is skyrocketing.

Medical Drone Market: 24.9% CAGR

Projected Revenue: 420 million from 2021 to 2027

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Published Date : March-2021