Authors: Scott Judy, Scott Carlton

 

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Abstract
 
Just as the mobile phone allowed developing countries to leapfrog technology in personal communication, the delivery drone has the potential to have the same effect on traditional transportation infrastructure. Inaccessible roads no longer will prevent delivery of blood, medications or other healthcare items.
 
This paper reviews the current status of innovative drone delivery with a particular emphasis on healthcare. The leading companies in this field and their different strategies are studied. Further we review the latest decision models that facilitate management decision making for operating a drone fleet. Our contribution in this paper of two new models associated with the design of a drone healthcare delivery network will facilitate more timely, efficient and economical drone healthcare delivery to potentially save lives.
 
This article is published under Creative Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International

Illustration Photo: Human Organ transport by drone (credits: Lars Plougmann / Flickr Creative Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))

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