Which Technologies are Shaking Up Healthcare Logistics?
Healthcare logistics is a complex field that can often be a matter of life or death, which is why having the latest advancements is so crucial. Here is a look at three technologies that are currently disrupting the healthcare logistics landscape.
While most people associate drone deliveries with Amazon, drone startup Zipline has been quietly transporting blood supplies to places in western Rwanda that are difficult to reach by land. Drones can help bring critical supplies to places with infrastructure issues that prevent them from getting timely deliveries. Each drone can fly as many as 150 kilometers round trip with 1.5 kilos of blood on board in a trip that takes just half an hour. Zipline expects to expand to as many as 150 flights a day in the near future and start serving other countries in Africa and around the world.
No-shows at medical appointments is a problem that costs providers money and prevents others in need from receiving timely care. BMC Health Services Research reports that community hospitals have an average of 62 no-shows every day, which costs them around $3 million a year. A partnership between MedStar Health and ride-sharing app Uber, however, is starting to help reduce these numbers. Uber is setting up a small team to work with healthcare providers to help people get where they need to be to receive treatment. Medicaid currently spends $4 to $5 billion annually getting clients to medical appointments, and it is believed that they could note significant savings by using non-emergency medical transport services like Veyo.
Voice assistants are proving to be an ideal way for those who have trouble using keyboards or touchscreens, such as blind people and paraplegics, to access digital information and services related to their care. This technology has a lot of potential to disrupt home health care. It can help people feel empowered when it comes to seeking care, and it can also help boost adherence to treatment.