Health drones are released over Denmark
After several months of training in the UAS Denmark test center in Odense, the “HealthDrone-project” has reached a milestone and will now fly drones further into airspace.
The “HealthDrone-project”, which is a partnership consisting of the University of Southern Denmark, Odense University Hospital, Falck, Holo, Unifly, and Scandinavian Avionics, aims to develop drones that can transport blood tests and medicine between hospitals, medical clinics, and nursing homes.
The project has reached an important milestone as it has been authorized to undertake the first routine BVLOS-flights, and test flights have now begun. BVLOS stands for “Beyond Visual Line of Sight” and it refers to flights where drones fly so far away that they can no longer be seen by the pilot. The drones are still flying in closed airspace, but citizens who live close by the HCA Airport in Odense will be able to spot the drones twice a week.
Drones have the potential to revolutionize the entire healthcare sector, because today blood samples are carried in cars, and patients are taken to hospitals for examination. In a lot of cases, patients end up waiting in emergency rooms, only to be sent home again. If the drones can fly back and forth with blood tests and equipment, there will be a possibility for patients to be examined and treated in their own homes.
Thus, drones are a good opportunity to develop health professional transport in the pre-hospital area. In Denmark, the patient is always at the center, which goes beyond bringing patients to the hospital. This means that patients get quick and highly qualified medical treatment already at home or in the ambulance. In this context, drones can make a big difference.