Zipline Continues to Broaden Medical Drone Supply in US

Zipline is rapidly expanding it’s commercial drone delivery services in the US, partnering with healthcare organizations. Their newest partnership will bring medical drone delivery to the state of Washington.

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M Crosby

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Instant logistics leader Zipline announced a partnership with MultiCare Health System, a not-for-profit healthcare organization in Washington, to initiate the first commercial drone deliveries in the state. There, Zipline’s electric aircraft will autonomously deliver a variety of medical products throughout MultiCare’s network of facilities.

With an intended start date of 2024, MultiCare will begin utilizing Zipline’s instant delivery solution to serve facilities in the Tacoma area, delivering a wide range of medical supplies such as lab samples, medications and test kits. With the goal of establishing a faster, on-demand delivery model and improved patient experience, the partnership will serve Pacific Northwest constituents over the next two years.

“Making sure our providers have what they need, when they need it, is a critical part of providing affordable and accessible care to patients,” said Multicare President Florence Chang. “We are always looking for like-minded partners who can help us improve the care we provide to the communities we serve in a sustainable and reliable way.”

Zipline’s electric solution provides a sustainable means of increasing access to healthcare access, while at the same time lowering street congestion and reducing emissions by upwards of 96% in comparison to traditional transportation methods.

“Our instant delivery solution helps doctors create a better experience for their patients; no delays, missed appointments or unnecessary stress and hassle. At the same time, the healthcare system grows stronger, more reliable and more efficient,” said Zipline CEO and co-founder Keller Rinaudo. “In many parts of the world, this solution is an integral, routine part of healthcare, and we’re proud to partner with MultiCare to bring the same standard to Washington.”

MultiCare is the latest in a growing number of healthcare organizations to make use of Zipline’s instant logistics system. Zipline has flown more than 24 million miles and carried out over 335,000 deliveries in operations across the United States, Japan, Rwanda and Ghana. In addition to healthcare organizations, the company also has partnerships with Walmart and Toyota Tsusho, as well as government agencies around the world. Zipline currently makes an average of one delivery every four minutes.

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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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