A new project in West Texas will test if drones can help close the gap between health care providers and rural communities. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is testing drone delivery of medical supplies to Presidio, Texas, which is hours away from an urban healthcare center. Drones can be used to deliver prescriptions and medical supplies, medical samples or test results, or assist doctors in telehealth situations during search and rescue operations. “You know, if pizza companies can deliver pizzas to customers (using drones), why can’t we also do that for medical supplies such as prescriptions and durable medical equipment as well?" says Adrian Billings, TTUHSC’s associate academic dean of rural and community engagement.

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