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Walgreens brings drone delivery service to Texas

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | April 22, 2022
Cardiology

They are also exploring the option of delivering items to public areas like city parks and pools in the future. “What we noticed in Virginia is that the service went from a novelty to a necessity during the pandemic, and it’s never gone back. Once it became a part of people’s every day, it stuck. It’s a big part of peoples’ lives in Virginia and we hope to see the same thing here," said Jacob Demmitt, U.S. marketing and communications manager for Wing.

Drone delivery is growing popular in the healthcare sector. German company Wingcopter recently agreed to provide a large fleet of its devices to Spright, a drone division for American air medical service provider Air Methods, for delivery of time-critical medical supplies, such as hazmat suits, to sparsely populated, rural areas of the U.S. The partnership was a $16 million deal, with Spright able to facilitate deliveries to hospitals through a network of more than 300 bases across 48 states.

Meanwhile, Everdrone in Sweden has set up a delivery system in which its drones transport defibrillators to patients who are experiencing cardiac arrest. Drones offer a variety of practical applications, including blood and lab sample transportation, vaccine delivery, organ transfer, small medical device transport, search-and-rescue, and telemedicine.

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