IF YOU’RE INCLINED to puns, you might say medical samples are the lifeblood of hospital systems. But if you actually work with them, you know they’re more of a headache. Because the same road traffic that keeps you from getting home keeps the couriers charged with moving these tissue and blood samples, collected by the millions daily and often in urgent need of analysis, from completing their missions.

Medical drones help create a more efficient healthcare supply chain From Emily's perspective, using a drone to expedite her blood test makes sense intuitively. From a business perspective, though, medical drones will do more than decrease lab turnaround time; they may also make the healthcare supply chain more efficient. “Using drones to bring blood and other diagnostic specimens from medical facilities to central labs may provide faster, more predictable turnaround of test results, and more efficient lab operations,” says Chris Cassidy, UPS president of Global Healthcare and Life Sciences Strategy. The learnings from this program will inform how healthcare technology can be applied to improve transportation services at other hospitals. “This technology allows hospital systems to transport medical items at an unprecedented level of speed and predictability, resulting in improved patient care and operational savings,”



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