Tata 1mg launched in Doon, to use drones for medical use

Friday, 02 December 2022 | PNS | DEHRADUN

Digital health platform Tata 1mg has launched three integrated pharmacy and diagnostics stores along with a diagnostic lab in Dehradun. In a unique initiative, the company has also commenced a drone service pilot for diagnostic samples and medicines in the city to ensure faster collection and delivery, avoiding delays due to road traffic.

The drones will be used to collect medical samples from various parts of the city and transport to the Tata 1mg lab for processing. They will also be used to deliver medicines to distant areas. A single drone will be able to carry a payload of up to 150 samples. All components of the sample transportation supply chain, including drones, will be temperature-controlled and equipped with technology to continuously monitor temperature during the flight to the lab.

Chief operating officer of Tata 1mg Tanmay Saksena, said, “We are delighted to open state-of-the-art Tata 1mg stores and diagnostic lab in Dehradun, establishing our geographical footprint in Uttarakhand, which is a very important market for us. Due to its location advantage, fast-developing economy, and robust infrastructure, Dehradun was a natural choice to expand our operations in the north. The city lies at the center of our strategy to serve other underserved markets in the state such as Haridwar, Mussoorie, and Rishikesh. We will be opening more stores in Doon and the rest of Uttarakhand in the near future.”

He added, “We have set up an advance check-up for the drone, before and after the flight is done. The drone analyses its own health, which includes a battery check, and follows a smart mapping technique, with the help of which it can detect the safest route to fly. Also, it uses anti-collision technology, which enables it to understand if any object comes in front of it during the flight. In case of an emergency landing, the drone will be able to locate the nearby hub where it can land safely without damaging any property or parcels.”

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