Technicians fly a drone to deliver medical supplies during testing at Gauribidanur, near Banglore.

Synopsis

The use of drones in healthcare is in its test phase. There are already instances of medical drones transporting live organs for transplant, delivering vaccines in remote areas, or carrying oxygen cylinders. However, for medical drones to become mainstream, technical, reliability, manpower, and privacy challenges, along with policy hurdles, need to be addressed.

You may have seen them hovering around at weddings. Or doing an occasional pizza delivery. Besides, drones are getting wings (quite literally) in construction, agriculture, or surveillance. Now, shift your gaze to healthcare. The use of drones in healthcare is in a test phase. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen drones delivering vaccines to mountainous or remote areas. But can they actually save lives? The short answer is: Yes, they can.

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