What Are the Implications of Obtaining Health-Related Data via Drone?

Both pilots and companies are navigating a thin line between security and innovation. Host Grant Guillot talks with leaders, influencers, and experts across the drone industry to guide us through the complex web of technology and policy in the United States.


Drones are becoming a powerful tool for many use cases, and Drones in America shares the stories with listeners. One of the most exciting revelations of drone capabilities is its role in healthcare. Host Grant Guillot spoke with Cameron Chell, CEO of Draganfly Innovations, about his company’s newest initiatives.

Last year, a customer came to Draganfly looking for a solution to understand social distancing and mask-wearing during the pandemic. “We deployed technology to look at a crowd and collect data so that they could measure public awareness.”

After that success, the ask got bigger. “The client said can you detect COVID-19 with a drone? No, we can’t, but the drone can detect infectious conditions by looking at vital signs,” Chell said.

Chell noted the company designed this application for situations like natural disasters where drones could be a first response to find survivors. Next, Chell shared some more exciting news about another way Draganfly is supporting healthcare—vaccine and medical supply delivery.

“We’re partnering with Coldchain Technology, a vaccine distributor, to deliver vaccines via drone to remote areas or others where there are issues with weather or transportation,” Chell commented.

This delivery model also ensures less exposure in areas because no additional human intervention is needed for that last mile. The project was challenging, considering the vaccine has a short shelf life and other factors. However, they achieved it and already seeing larger ways to leverage it.

“After the Coldchain announcement, we began conversations with others about the Ebola outbreak and using our drones to deliver vaccines and other medical supplies,” Chell said.

Now that people see the capabilities of drones, Chell thinks public perception is changing to be more positive. The company will continue its efforts to position drones as humanitarian resources.

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