DroneUp initiates home drone deliveries of medicine across Virginia’s Eastern Shore
DroneUp has launched the first of its dedicated drone deliveries of medicine to patients’ homes in eastern Virginia – the first in a potentially broad range of aerial activities organized by a collective of businesses, universities, and non-profit associations to improve healthcare in the region.
Initially unveiled last spring, the now active program involves DroneUp flying medical prescriptions to residents of Virginia’s Eastern Shore from the local Riverside Health System hospital in Onancock. The first series of drone deliveries of hypertension medicines were directly made to patients living within a two-mile range of the facility, with the cadence, distance, and number flights expected to steadily increase.
The drone program will eventually also broaden payloads flown to other kinds of medicines – the focus of hypertension treatments at launch specifically addressing a condition affecting a disproportionately high precent of eastern…