The World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Network of Industrial Revolution and the Telangana Government on Thursday revealed that they are set to launch an innovative project to deliver emergency medical supplies such as vaccines and blood with the help of drones.
The pilot project called by the name ass Medicine from the Sky which will run in collaboration with the State government and HealthNet Global Limited according to the report which has been revealed.
It will even help to facilitate decision making in healthcare supply chains, focus on the last mile deliveries, and address issues that affect the medical distribution system, the report revealed.
Murat Sonmez, Managing Director and Head of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network, revealed that the drones have immense applications in the healthcare sector.
Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary, commerce, industries and ITE&C, the government of Telangana, said, “We hope that through this pilot with the World Economic Forum, we can inform the Centre on the regulations that can help us positively use drones and unlock the potential of India by harnessing technology.”
Hari Prasad of HealthNet Global Limited said, “This study will provide an evidence-based approach for implementation of drones in healthcare, enabling emergency-care services to the patients in the shortest time frame possible, thus saving their lives.”
The reveal of the project in India could even get transformational. Last year, the Director-General of Civil Aviation revealed the policy delineating what classifies as remotely piloted aircraft. It also even outlines how they can be flown and restrictions they will operate under.
It states that drones can be operated by someone who is more than 18 years of age. They should have cleared the Class X examination in English and should have undergone DGCA ground and practical training.