Fortis to test drones to transport organs for transplantation

Business Standard

With the frequent traffic congestions in major cities and various other infrastructure related issues challenging the timely delivery of medical care, the healthcare service provider Fortis Healthcare is contemplating use of drones in medical care. The prominent use of drone is currently being discussed in transporting organs, especially for heart transplant within the city.

Fortis Healthcare, one of the healthcare major in the country, is testing the waters for active use of drones in organ transplants. With the technology improving, there are chances for increased number of organ transplant and creating a green corridor through the busy roads of the city.

Green corridors are mainly required for transplanting heart, as it has a low tolerance and has to be transplanted within four hours from being taken out from the body. While some organs like kidney and liver, which are more forgiving and could be kept in storage conditions fo 24 hours and 12-15 hours respectively, the need is to transport the organ from the donor's place to the receivers' end as quick as possible. Continue reading