Hospitals in United States and Germany Team Up with Matternet and UPS to Make Medical Laboratory Deliveries by Drone the New Normal

Service uses ‘hub-and-spoke’ routing model to provide rapid delivery of time-and-temperature-sensitive clinical laboratory specimens and supplies Drone delivery service in healthcare is beginning to take flight both here and abroad, with California-based Matternet launching medical drone delivery networks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Berlin, Germany. The successful use of unmanned aircraft to deliver patient specimens has major implications for clinical laboratories. When conditions...

Amazon’s Prime Air Drone Fleet Receives FAA Approval to Make Deliveries to Customers, Could Clinical Laboratory Specimens and Supplies be Next?

Delivery of clinical laboratory specimens and medical supplies by drone is beginning to happen in different parts of the world The idea that fleets of flying drones may someday legally transport clinical laboratory specimens may sound good—it may even be beneficial from a healthcare perspective—but it also could be hugely disruptive to medical labs that maintain large and expensive courier/logistics capabilities.  So, the announcement that the FAA had granted approval to Amazon’s new...

UPS and WakeMed Now Use Aerial Drone for Daily Transport of Clinical Laboratory Specimens; In Australia, Google Wing Initiates Drone Delivery Service

Drone delivery of goods, including medical laboratory specimens, gains popularity around the world and FAA licensing in the US In April, Dark Daily’s sister publication The Dark Report was first to report WakeMed Health and Hospitals’ use of a quadcopter drone to deliver patients’ medical laboratory specimens. The drone flew roundtrip between a complex of physicians’ offices on WakeMed’s Raleigh, N.C. campus and the central clinical laboratory. The flight was the culmination of a multi-year...

Chairman and CEO David Abney Explains UPS’ Drive Toward Drone Technology

UPS’ program on WakeMed Hospital’s Raleigh campus in N.C. is first drone delivery service cleared by FAA for commercial purposes UPS (NYSE:UPS) Chairman and CEO David Abney emphasizes patients, not packages, in the company’s new drive toward drone technology in medical laboratory specimen transport and logistics. Abney closed Day 1 sessions of the 24th Annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management (EWC) which continues through Thursday in New Orleans. “Healthcare is a strategic...
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