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Flying Across an Improved Healthcare Backdrop

The human arsenal, as we know, is quite popular for being far-reaching in its nature, but despite the expansiveness in play, it doesn’t have anything more valuable than our tendency to grow on a consistent basis. This tendency, in particular, has allowed us to hit upon some huge milestones, with technology appearing as a major member of the stated group. The reason why technology’s emergence has proven to be so significant is largely predicated upon its skill-set, which introduced to set of possibilities that we couldn’t have imagined in an alternate reality. Nevertheless, if we are being honest, the whole runner was also very much inspired by how we utilized these skills in a real-world setting. The latter component was, in fact, what gave the creation a spectrum-wide presence, including a perfectly-timed appearance on our healthcare block. Technology and healthcare linkup was so flawless in regards to the timing because it came right when the sector was beginning to struggle against its own obsolete structure. This conundrum, fortunately though, was resolved under the new regime, but even after pulling off such a massive feat, the groundbreaking medtech concept will continue to produce all the right goods. The same has turned more and more evident on the back of our recent progression, and one new development should only take the cause a step ahead.

Zipline, a drone delivery and logistics company, has officially started dropping prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to homes in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. According to certain reports, the operation, which is going to be carried out in partnership with Intermountain Healthcare, will see Zipline deploying a fleet of five electric autonomous drones, at least during the initial phase. The reach of these drones, throughout the stated phase, will also be restricted to the communities that are located just a few miles away from its distribution center in South Jordan.  However, Zipline does plan on expanding to cover almost 90% of the Salt Lake City in near future, and as for the bigger picture, it hopes to acquire more than one million customers over the next five years.

“Think back to the last time you had a doctor’s visit and then had to trek to the pharmacy for your prescription, making what can already be a time-consuming experience that much more draining,” Bijal Mehta, Head of Zipline’s global fulfillment operations, said in a statement. “We believe instant delivery is a key element to the future of healthcare and we are excited to bring our service to the Salt Lake City area to make people’s lives better, easier, and healthier.”

Talk about Zipline’s journey to this point, it actually began reinventing US healthcare landscape back in 2020, when it partnered with Novant Health  to distribute personal protective gear and medical equipment across North Carolina. Then, just a few months later, it would linkup with Walmart to deploy health and wellness supplies in Arkansas, but mind you, the stated partnership has now expanded to accommodate a more general line of products. During the pandemic, the company was even granted an emergency waiver to operate without the proper authorization before finally receiving its FAA Part 135 air carrier certification in June 2022.

Coming back to the latest development, Zipline is promising to fulfill each delivery in “as little as 15 minutes,” but there is a major caveat, as not everyone will be eligible to avail the service. You see, Zipline will evaluate whether it can deliver to homes based on factors like yard size, location, and surrounding airspace

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