Drones could be set to support the UK healthcare industry
With drones increasingly transitioning from military technology to an in-demand, commercial product, local UK authorities have been tasked with sourcing how drones can positively impact everyday civilian life. It echoes Zipline’s work in Africa in the delivery of blood and vital medication to rural areas, and regions of difficult terrain.
The Telegraph has recently reported that healthcare is one area of increased interest for the UK. With growing populations creating increased congestion on roads and public services, there are concerns that life-saving medical supplies could no longer reach destinations in a timely manner, impacting on overall patient care.
Drones could therefore provide a complete solution, by taking to the skies and delivering essential medical supplies to support emergency services going forward.
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However, a new safety bill is thought to be implemented by early 2018 surrounding the ongoing regulation and maintenance surrounding the technology. With over a thousand ‘near misses’ with pilots in the last year, a draft drone bill will give local authorities and public services greater power surrounding the use of drones, and seize any thought to be part of criminal activity.
"Police forces are aware of the ever-increasing use of drones by members of the public and we are working with all relevant partners to understand the threats that this new technology can pose when used irresponsibly or illegally,” explained National Police Chief Council lead for criminal misuse of drones, Assistant Chief Constable Serena Kennedy.
Additionally, users will also have to undertake safety awareness tests to ensure they remain aware of the risks of utilising the technology
Rackspace surveys healthcare leaders' knowledge of tech
A new survey sponsored by Rackspace Technology has analysed how well healthcare leaders understand technology today, compared to five years ago.
Rackspace polled more than 1400 IT and non-IT decision makers in companies making over $300 million a year in six industries, one of which was healthcare.
The survey asked healthcare executives about the changing role of technology in their area, including the dangers of falling behind, their knowledge of the role of technology, and familiarity with what technology can do to the bottom-line.
The majority (90%) say their appreciation for application technology has grown over the past five years, and 88% now have a better understanding of technology than they did five years ago.
They were also asked about the ways technology helps drive corporate strategies. The survey found that:
* 62% say automation drives efficiencies
* 50% say they leverage innovative technologies like IoT and cloud native applications
* 48% say it allows greater employee collaboration
* 48% say it gives them real-time analysis/customer ‘pulse’
Among the technologies that benefit healthcare organisations the most financially i.e. generating revenue and reducing costs:
* 60% say AI/machine learning
* 61% say cybersecurity
* 56% say enterprise software
* 45% say e-commerce
* 44% say SaaS
* 41% say IoT
Almost half of the respondents (44%) say that if legacy applications aren’t modernised in the next two to three years, healthcare organisations may lose their ability to compete.
Other consequences of delaying modernising applications include:
* 56% say they wouldn’t be able to meet new regulations
* 46% say they wouldn’t be able to scale up IT to meet new demands
* 44% say customer service levels would be reduced
* 36% say they wouldn’t be able to integrate
* 33% say poor staff morale would result from inadequate systems
* 33% say there would be lost productivity
Jeff DeVerter, CTO at Rackspace Technology, commented on the research: “The results of our survey are further evidence that modernising applications through a user lens is not just a ‘nice to have’ from a customer satisfaction perspective, but also delivers a wealth of tangible, quantifiable benefits to organisations.
“Applications are a foundation of customer experience, and it is encouraging to see an increased focused and rising enthusiasm for customer experience improvements.”