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Drones will be part of future healthcare

Press release   •   Jan 14, 2020 06:30 UTC

Falck wants to be patient centric and bring patients and hospitals closer together. One way to go is by using health drones and Falck is testing this with public partners.

We know drones as children’s toys, from videos and maybe from the military. But drones are much more than that and Falck is now testing how drones can be a help in health and treatment.

“Drones are a part of the future of healthcare. The straight airway between patients and hospitals will save time and money, which will benefit both patients and public health budgets,” says Nicolai Søndergaard Laugesen, who is responsible for Falck's drone project and contracts with public customers.

He believes that at some point drones will be able to fly with both medical personnel and patients, but for now they will not be transportinghumans.

“We must contribute to bringing specialised aid from large hospitals closer to the patient - also in rural areas. With drone transport, blood samples and medication can arrive faster and enable quicker diagnosis and better treatment,” says Nicolai Søndergaard Laugesen.

Joint solutions
Falck's starting point is to develop innovative solutions for the benefit of patients, and therefore the development takes place in close cooperation with public partners in hospitals, universities and political councils.

"As an active healthcare partner, we are deeply concerned with further developing the healthcare system with researchers and hospitals and finding joint solutions that make us more efficient and benefit the patients," explains Nicolai Søndergaard Laugesen.

“We need to be patient centric. Both when we are driving an ambulance and developing new services for the future.”

Nicolai Søndergaard Laugesen also points out that even vital and critical transport will become more environmentally friendly with emission-free drones in the healthcare system, because most transportation is based on fossil fuels.

Falck is currently part of the HealthDrone project with the University of Southern Denmark, Odense University Hospital and Svendborg Hospital and the private partners Holo, Unifly and Scandinavian Avionics. Falck also participates in drone projects in Sweden.

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For further information, please contact Falck’s Communications Department on tel. +45 7022 0307.

Falck is a leading international provider of ambulance and healthcare services. For more than a century, Falck has worked with local and national governments to prevent accidents, diseases and emergency situations, to rescue and assist people in emergencies quickly and competently and to rehabilitate people after illness or injury.

Falck operates in 30 countries and has approximately 30,000 employees.

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