North Carolina to Provide Long-Range Health Care Deliveries by Drone

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider
Contact

This week, North Carolina announced that it will begin long-range health care deliveries by drone in an effort to expand on-demand health care and improve the patient experience in the state. A distribution center will be set up in Kannapolis, North Carolina, where Novant Health, Magellan Rx Management, and Cardinal Health will work collaboratively with Zipline, a drone delivery company, to deliver products from that central location.

This drone delivery service can offer delivery within 15 minutes and can serve patients within a 7,800 square mile radius. This will help alleviate some of the frustration of patients who visit a pharmacy, only to find inventory missing or low in stock. Additionally, the hope is that it will also reduce some of the barriers to affordable, effective health care and medical supplies. Patients will be able to order specialty medications for chronic illness and complex conditions directly to their home almost instantaneously.

The announcement of this partnership comes after the Federal Aviation Administration granted Zipline a Part 135 certification, which allows it to operate as a small air carrier in national airspace. Zipline is only the fourth drone operator to receive this certification in the United States. The state hopes to set a bar for care and convenience with this drone delivery system and to increase access to health care for its residents.

[View source.]

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider | Attorney Advertising

Written by:

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider
Contact
more
less

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider on:

Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Custom Email Digest
- hide
- hide

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, track anonymous site usage, store authorization tokens and permit sharing on social media networks. By continuing to browse this website you accept the use of cookies. Click here to read more about how we use cookies.