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How Do Drones Benefit Patient Care?

By CIOReview | Monday, January 13, 2020

Drone technology is a boon for doctors as it helps them in delivering medication to their patients in time while increasing their chances of survival.

FREMONT, CA: The recent technological developments are opening up gates to reshape patient care. Wearables assist patients in battling heart, lung, brain, and various diseases in organs. Physicians have observed several wearable devices, which they presume will have a positive impact on the future of care delivery. Here are some ways drone technology can help patients, according to the doctors.

Role of Drones in Healthcare

In the present era, where the health care industry is bound by technology, drones may not have the ability to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for a cardiac arrest victim; still, they have the potential to increase the chances of survival of the victim. Physicians are exploring the applications of drones in the healthcare sector as a means of transportation for delivering automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to the demanding hospitals. In the event of cardiac arrest, every minute is critical to saving the patient’s life, and the necessary life-saving devices are hardly available outside any healthcare setting. Here, drones can be used as a means of transportation to protect life because notably most of the time, heart attacks happen in homes or residential areas.

Nevertheless, some doctors initially raised some of their concerns like not knowing the drones’ exact ETA and indicated that adding an audio cue or how to release AED from a drone would be safer. But according to the study, with the assistance provided by the drones, most of the participant doctors had a positive experience, and they emphasized the ability to stay with the patient while proceeding with CPR. The patients and their family members need to be comfortable with this technology, however, and only then will it be possible to make it a reality.

Doctors and other health organizations are working together to allow them to provide their patients with better treatments and to save as much as possible their lives. Thus, drone technology is gaining inclination among the doctors, such that appropriate treatment is provided to the respective patients soon, which increases the chances of their survival.

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