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Drones for medical logistics: opportunities and challenges

Cerba HealthCare (Issy Les Moulineaux – France) and The Drone Office (London – United-Kingdom) announced the publication of their collaborative White Paper on opportunities and challenges of using aerial drones to support medical logistics. The teams identified 4 use cases where drones would be a powerful alternative to existing logistics schemes.

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Issy Les Moulineaux (France) and London (United Kingdom), 10 July 2019

Clinical pathology drives innovation with scientific and technological breakthroughs in its core busi-ness, including in samples logistics. Looking ahead, autonomous vehicles are emerging and may transform transport and logistics. Google cars, Hyperloop trains, and in the sky Amazon Prime Air, Google Wings, flying taxis. Science-fiction or reality? Experiments of medical delivery by aerial drones are already ongoing. Unicef supports drone delivery projects for blood units and vaccines in countries where infrastructure is weak or inexistent.

The teams at Cerba Healthcare and The Drone Office assessed the existing and future opportunities and benefits of using drones in biological samples logistics. They identified 4 use cases where drones would be a powerful alternative to existing logistics schemes

With a focus on solving challenges in Europe:

  • Case #1: Provide an emergency service in Europe, 24/7

And with a focus on solving challenges in Africa:

  • Case #2: Improve the detection of cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Case #3: Serve large remote industrial sites;
  • Case #4: Overcome traffic jams in saturated megacities.

« We are very happy to collaborate with Cerba HealthCare on pragmatic use cases that can make a positive impact to the service offered in clinical biology to patients and doctors, and to address the related technological, regulatory and economic issues. The challenge is tremendous and exciting” said Anne-Lise Scaillierez, Partner at The Drone Office.

«Through this partnership with The Drone Office, we are pursuing our strategy of Open Innovation to identify emerging technologies in our fields of expertise and to support innovative start-ups in their development” added Jérôme Sallette, Director Innovation and Development at Cerba HealthCare.

 

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