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Jipmer tests drone medical service

Flying high: Jipmer has placed an order for micro drones as part of its efforts to improve medical services.

Flying high: Jipmer has placed an order for micro drones as part of its efforts to improve medical services.   | Photo Credit: VIVEK BENDRE

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First to start such a facility in the country

Jawahar Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (Jipmer) has successfully piloted a drone for carrying out basic medical services and for training its IT wing staff to graduate to larger drone applications.

Jipmer Director Dr. R.P. Swaminathan said the hospital’s IT wing recently introduced a “medical drone service” with a nano drone. During the inauguration of the programme, a test flight was demonstrated. Jipmer had placed an order for a micro drone, which, unlike nano drones, needs to be registered with the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation. Jipmer has become the country’s first government-run medical institution to start a medical drone service, he added.

The hospital’s IT wing chief Ravi Kumar Chittoria, who is in-charge of the drone services, said that medical drone applications were well established in European countries, whereas in India, it was still in the preliminary stage. As a pilot scheme, Jipmer had procured a nano drone so that it could be put into practice immediately without registration. Jipmer IT wing staff will undergo training to operate larger drones in future. Once the micro drone is acquired, Jipmer plans to use it to survey the site of accident or disaster to bring information about victims or to transport organs, blood/tissue samples or even medicines which require expensive air ambulances.

Internet connectivity

The medical drone services would be operated using internet connectivity provided by the National Knowledge Network (NKN) supplied by National Informatics Centre (NIC) Puducherry.

The Jipmer Director said the services would be offered free of cost.

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