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In this time of pandemic, where everyone is avoiding going out even if it means to get medicines from the medical store as they could be a high risk incidence zone, this pilot being rolled out by RetailIO can be a life saver. If this is successful, it can revolutionize the delivery of the medicines to the needy and that too in a safer and more real time manner.

RetailIO, connecting Pharmacies and Wholesalers, successfully conducted Drone deliveries in Karnataka’s Gauribidanur in collaboration with healthcare autonomous drone logistics company Redwing Labs.

The pilot was focused on delivering critical lifesaving medicines to hospitals in under 10 mins maintaining the cold chain and all the norms, the team conducted 4 trips with different product mixes. The Pilot took place between Gauribidanur and Hossur Primary Healthcare center (PHC) in Chickkaballapur district using a Hybrid VTOL drone with Payload capacity of upto 2 kgs. With an average speed of 90 kmph the drone covered an ariel distance of ~10km under 8 mins.

Harsh Parekh – Co founder, API holdings stated – “We believe autonomous drone systems are the future and will help the ecosystem get better. This is the future and we will continue to focus on such kind of innovations”

Additionally states” The VTOL drone was used in the demonstration and is 100% electric. Drone-based delivery networks could result in over 90% reduction in carbon emissions compared to using vans and cars”

Mithil Jain – CEO, RetailIO 1P said – “the vision to integrate Drones in the healthcare ecosystem is a critical step towards efficient medicine delivery. We feel Autonomous drones at scale would bring in a lot of disruption in healthcare delivery. With an exceptional response time, life-saving medicines can be delivered at lightning speeds. The success of the pilot opens up tremendous opportunities to provide exceptional service and healthcare supplies to the remotest part of the country.”

This trial opens up a plethora of opportunities in improving healthcare delivery for multiple stakeholders, this together with numerous such applications has tremendous potential to augment the entire ecosystem.

Limited access is one of the most serious concerns in Indian healthcare. For every 10,000 people, India has only ~9 doctors, compared to 26 and 20 doctors per 10,000 people in the US and China respectively. In rural areas, only 4 doctors are available for every 10,000 people. As a result, only 11 out of 29 states in India meet the WHO recommendation of 1:1000 doctor to population ratio and 10 Indian states face shortage of doctors at a primary care level.


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