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Hutchinson hospital making history with drone technology, supply delivery

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KWCH) – During a nationwide labor shortage, hospitals are finding creative ways to meet demand. The Hutchinson Regional Medical Center will make history as the first test site in the country to deliver medical care by drone.

Medical supplies have been transported by medical couriers for decades. Now drones are supposed to help bring medical supplies to hospitals. Test flights show that drones can cut delivery times by more than half. The drone program will continue to deliver medical supplies, tissue samples and blood from the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center to McPherson, Cheney and possibly Ellsworth, helping rural hospitals that are overwhelmed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program expects full FAA approval sometime in the next 30 days, and what happens at Hutchinson’s Hospital will help shape the future of those flights.

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