E-Health Game: These Drones Fly to our Rescue

Translated from initial publication by Jérémy Coron “Jeud’e-santé : ces drones qui volent à notre secours” 24 November in AutreSanté

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There are as many medical needs as there are individuals. This fact is exacerbated in this time of ultra-personalization of care taking. With health equipment, we know more about each disease and to what extent we must be treated.


However, in the face of the unexpected e.g. immediate danger, it is often difficult to provide assistance in the moment. Could connected health also respond to emergency problems within a very short time?


The Senior Population: Priority Target for Connected Health

In many respects, the population of people over 65 years old constitutes a growing gap in our society and frames the growth of the health 2.0 sector. The expected increase in the French GDP from the Silver Economy is 0.25% per annum. As for the United States, we estimate that more than ‪9 out of 10 are projected a diagnosis of a chronic disease and need to be covered. The notion of “aging well” is one of the essential problematics in maintaining public health. This theme was raised at the Aging 2.0 conference: the place and  time to develop new solutions for care and rescue of people.

Still in the testing phase, intelligent mini-drones are being developed to provide a solution for transporting medicine and medical equipment at the indicated time.


TU Delft: The Ambulance Drone

To facilitate emergency medicine and eventually get an accident under control quickly, the drone could contribute to transporting suitable equipment on site. Using this logic a Dutch student from the DEFLT University of Technology thought of “an emergency drone” equipped with a defibrillator. Connected to emergency calls in case of heart attack, this device could perform first aid while waiting for rescue. The potential weakness is the drone’s action speed to maximise rescue.



In a totally different way, drones could supplement lifeguard services. The idea: a French startup conceived of Helper, the flying object allows the facilitation of a rescue operation. The emergency doctor responsible for this innovation pointed to the lack of reactivity in rescue. This drone has a mounted camera and is able to drop a buoy to rescue a person in danger.

It is in immediate reactivity that drones could be used as a warning signal and to optimise intervention; they may be an essential ally for everyone’s health. Transporting organs, delivery of survivors in secluded zones… the possible applications are endless. Granted, the potential uses for connected health comes with strict ethical data use regulations.


Tendayi Chirawu

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