Hyderabad: The government of Telangana is exploring the use of drones to provide access to healthcare for communities across the State. As part of this process, it will co-design a project with the World Economic Forum and Healthnet Global an Apollo Hospitals Group company. The project will adopt a new framework to implement drones for last mile delivery and will look at delivering blood and transport of medical samples via drones. This will be later on integrated into the State’s healthcare supply chain. The programme will connect communities across the state, providing better access to healthcare and a government issued Expression of Interest (EOI) and 2020 pilot will pave the way to rolling out the programme..
“Telangana has been a pioneer in using technology for improving the lives of the citizens. Using drones to deliver blood and other medical goods to people in remote and inaccessible areas is an exemplary project that demonstrates use of technology for the social good,” said K T Rama Rao, Minister for Information Technology and Electronics and Communication, Industries and Municipal Administration and Urban Development. This project that could save lives would serve as a reference model for other States in India. The framework outlines the key factors in evaluating drone operations and the technical requirements for each use case. It will ensure government services are used as efficiently as possible and will serve as the starting point for discussions with civil aviation authorities. “Drones are helping people in remote rural areas become connected to important services,” said Timothy Reuter, head of aerospace and drones, World Economic Forum. “Adopting this framework brings Telangana one step closer to rolling out a system that could save lives. It outlines what challenges drones can solve, how to oversee operations and how to implement them. We are looking forward to the next steps of this project.”.