Innovation oftentakes time and patience, but over the past several yearsthe drone industry has grown by leaps and bounds. When UPS began working with drones, we applied the same rigorous safety standards that we apply to our air and ground delivery services. At UPS Flight Forward, this commitment to safety is embedded in everything we do, including how we’re helping to advance healthcare logistics.
Our purpose is simple:to move our world forward by delivering what matters. Every step of the way, we are focused on contributing to a safe, thoughtful infrastructure that the drone industry can build upon for generations to come.
Today, we are using drones for specimen logistics on hospital campuses to help reduce the time it takes to diagnose and treat patients. We’re deliberate in how we use drone technology to enhance the provider and patient experience in remarkable ways. That’s why we pride ourselves on being a “Quality Focused, Patient Driven” organization.
Imagine the possibilities for transporting critical healthcare itemsfora network of hospitals and healthcare clinics, especially in remote or underserved areas. For instance, compounded medications are custom formulated to fit the unique needs of cancer patients and are typically time and temperature sensitive. With drone delivery, these specialty medications can be delivered faster, reducing the amount of time a cancer patient spends waiting for infusion therapy.
Last year, UPS Flight Forward teamed up with the world’s largest pharmacy to deliver prescription medicines to the nation’s largest retirement community, The Villages, Florida. Rapid drone delivery offers patients greater delivery speed and convenience, especially for those who are medically frail and unable to visit the store Healthcare continues to be a fast-growing market with people living longer and increasingly demanding more personalized care. Smart logistics is enabling this by getting critical specimens where they need to be on time and intact. Patients now complete test screenings in the privacy of their home and arrange pickup service by logistics providers like UPS to transport specimens to labs for diagnostics.