Tacoma-based MultiCare announced Thursday that the nonprofit health system will partner with Zipline for the state’s first commercial medical drone deliveries.
According to Thursday’s announcement, “Zipline’s self-driving electric aircraft will deliver a range of medical products throughout MultiCare’s network of facilities, including hospitals, laboratories and medical practices.”
Health systems elsewhere have partnered with the companyusing it for services such as the delivery of prescriptions.
“MultiCare will first use Zipline’s instant delivery solution to serve facilities in the Tacoma area. The drones will deliver various medical supplies, including laboratory samples, medicines and test kits,” according to the announcement.
“The goal of this partnership is to create a faster, on-demand delivery model for MultiCare providers and improve the patient experience.
Health System added, “Zipline’s electric fleet is the sustainable solution to increasing health care access and convenience, reducing street congestion and reducing emissions by more than 96% compared to transportation modes.” standard.
Deliveries with the service are expected to begin in 2024, “pending regulatory approvals, and will serve voters in the Pacific Northwest for the next two years,” the statement said.
Zipline, an instant logistics company, notes that it has traveled more than 24 million miles with more than 335,000 deliveries in operations that span the United States, Japan, Rwanda and Ghana. Other corporate partners include Walmart and Toyota Tsusho, as well as government agencies and healthcare organizations around the world.
The release stated that “on average, Zipline makes a delivery every four minutes.”