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Antwerp opens first command center for medical drones

Antwerp’s Internet of Things hub The Beacon will be home to the first medical drone command and control center in Flanders. From mid-2019, drones will buzz back and forth between Antwerp hospitals. Transporting medical packages containing biological samples and pharmaceutical preparations at an altitude of 150 meters, the drones will contribute to faster and more efficient healthcare services.

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One city, one laboratory, one pharmacy

This medical transportation shift will ensure more efficient and faster healthcare services for patients and closer cooperation between medical services.

"Each hospital currently has its own laboratory and pharmacy. In the future, there will only be one laboratory and one pharmacy for multiple hospitals,” says Mikael Shamim of Helicus Aero, the initiative behind the medical drone flights.

"Hospitals will increasingly work together in networks,” adds Etienne Wauters, managing director of GZA Hospitals, who is participating in the project. "With mobility becoming an ever-growing challenge, this innovative pilot project seeks to meet the increasing demand for efficient internal transport.”

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HelicusThe Beacon
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Het Laatste Nieuws
19 December 2018

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