Medikabazaar successfully tests drone delivery of medicinal supplies
Medikabazaar is pioneering the next big thing in healthcare supply chain management by delivering the medical supplies in the B2B space via drones.
The company recently launched the pilot drone project in collaboration with Redwing Labs to transport medical supplies and assess the potential of drones as a means of alternative last mile delivery option especially for emergency scenarios. The first scheduled test drone delivery took place successfully in Bengaluru.
In Bengaluru, the trial attempted to deliver medical supplies via drone. The used drone has a maximum range of 35 kilometers and can deliver payload weighing from 1kilogram upto 10 kilograms.
The project aims to serve multiple locations across rural, urban and semi urban cities for medical supplies including the geographies where the time to deliver is significantly higher through conventional modes due to tough terrain. The pilot project launched by Medikabazaar aims to create a large-scale impact and commitment to transform healthcare by making it accessible even to the remotest area to cater emergent situations.
Speaking about the initiative Vivek Tiwari, CEO & founder, Medikabazaar stated that the company is at the forefront of adopting emerging technology to transform healthcare scenario in India, and the ‘Pilot Drone Project’ using drones is in line with commitment to transform healthcare by way use of technology. Faster delivery of critical and emergency medical supplies, vaccines and lifesaving drugs, devices and equipment can be a great contributor in saving lives.
This project is one of the first such programs in the country where drones are used to delivery medical supplies to hospital centres. The vision is to ensure easy healthcare accessibility throughout the nation, from the most populous to most remote areas in India in the near future, he added.
The initiative also seeks to alleviate the burden on frontline health workers and supply chain management. Drones delivering medical supplies directly to healthcare centres saves time and helps healthcare workers in delivering better patient care.