Solution Overview

Solution Name:

Autonomous Medical Delivery Network

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One-line solution summary:

A fully autonomous medical delivery network utilizing drones to reduce community spread and reduce health worker risk.

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Pitch your solution.

Our system connects patients to clinicians, carries diagnostic tools to people feeling sick, enables the immediate and hands-free drone delivery of samples to pathology labs and the delivery of food and pharmaceuticals to patients. The entire process enables drones to reduce the barriers keeping patients from clinics, keeps the patients supported in their communities, keeps the public away from drones, and keeps drugs away from access by anyone other than the right patient or caregiver.

We enable rapid carriage and diagnosis through “hands free” loading and unloading throughout the chain of custody- ensuring a sterile transportation network connecting scarce health resources with remote patients, improving care, reducing costs, and avoiding the risk of transmission through contact.

If implemented globally, sick people would have better access to quality health care without leaving their communities, and doctors would be able to provide more patients with quality care in a supportive environment.

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What specific problem are you solving?

Even in cities, access to quality health care can vary widely. People living in rural communities may take hours to get to a doctor, and in less developed countries, this may take days. This means people often are unwilling to travel until the symptoms are bad, extending the risk of community spread.

Telemedicine is useful, but is limited if the diagnostic tools (good cameras, bluetooth diagnostic tools from thermometers to EKGs, oximeters and blood sugar monitors) are not available.

The transfer of samples to labs is also key, and drones can be fast and effective. Landing Stations enable the potentially hazardous loading and unloading of potentially hazardous materiel to be done without touching the drone.

Our solution also enables the secured delivery of pharmaceuticals from pharmacy to the patient. By providing a secure receptacle, our network combines the success of drone delivered vaccines and the demonstrated secure carriage of drugs to secure receptacles. By focusing on bringing the medical resources to the patient, we are better able to keep the sick or infected person in the community preventing the contact spread of diseases such as Ebola and Covid, provide better access to drugs by patients and better monitor treatment adherence

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What is your solution?

A sick person calls the medical center and the nurse triages outpatients into treatment. After initial consultation, tests are such as an EKG or other equipment may be required. If not available to hand, they are sent by drone to a convenient secure Landing Station. The clinician then guides the hook up of EKG contacts or is shown “where it hurts”. If samples are required, the patient loads the secure package in the Landing Station for a drone to take to the lab. Upon diagnosis, required pharmaceuticals are compounded and send to the secure Landing Station Locker. If Chemo is required, then a local nurses can be trained to set up the treatment at home, enabling the patient to be treatment in a familiar environment. If quarantine is required, food and medicines are sent, reducing community spread risk.

We build the entire delivery network including; telemedicine connections, drones that meet regulatory requirements; Valqari Landing Stations that only open with secure codes, and packaging that is compliant with CDC transportation guidelines. We build HIPAA compliant software required for autonomous flight and safe routing through airspace, and tracking and notifying the patient and clinic of the progress.

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Who does your solution serve, and in what ways will the solution impact their lives?

Our solution serves everyone who has found it hard to access health resources. Whether that is due to the cost of the bus to the nearest clinic, or the natural barriers of mountains or rivers. It serves the housebound, and those restricted by tradition to their house or community.

Through the use of drones and secure delivery stations, coupled with telemedicine and remote sensing, we hope to help patients come forward, be diagnosed, and supported with treatments. This includes monitoring adherence to treatment protocols, (many patients do not pick up their prescription after a visit to the clinic) and supporting them in their isolation through the delivery of food and other care packages.

All of this happens without the need for patients, pathologists or pharmacists to make contact with a drone. At all times all tests, samples and drugs are kept secure, accessible only to those authorized by an app.

As a result of this system—in “normal days”, health resources will be used more effectively, the carbon footprint of moving patients to clinics, labs and pharmacies is reduced, and the time between self diagnosis and treatment is reduced. Patients stay close to their support networks and community nurses may be better able to operate to the limit of their qualifications, for example, being able to administer chemotherapy (with its fast decay rate) in the home or community clinic, rather that have the patient go into the “big hospital” far away.

Should an outbreak occur, potentially infected patients can stay home, reducing risk of transmission. Immuno-compromised patients will be able to reduce their vulnerability, and epidemiologist will be able to get a near real time view of who is infected where.

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Which dimension of the Challenge does your solution most closely address?

Equip last-mile primary healthcare providers with the necessary tools and knowledge to detect disease outbreaks quickly and respond to them effectively.
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Explain how the problem you are addressing, the solution you have designed, and the population you are serving align with the Challenge.

We support “health security for all” by enabling medical resources to be used efficiently and effectively. We obviate the tyrannies of distance (cost and time) by reducing barriers/enabling better access to health, old people no longer need to travel, and people (women) can stay where they feel safe in their communities.  We enable primary health care providers to leverage their expertise through remote sensing tools, and enable prompt and accurate pathology and epidemiology responses, this leads to prompt and cheap comprehensive treatment options. Our technology reduces community risk, stress on patients and strain on clinics, and supporting quarantine.

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In what city, town, or region is your solution team headquartered?

Chicago, IL, USA
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What is your solution’s stage of development?

Pilot: An organization deploying a tested product, service, or business model in at least one community.
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Explain why you selected this stage of development for your solution.

We are in the middle of deploying an early demonstration model in The Magdalen Islands, Quebec, and First Nations Communities in Canada.

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Who is the Team Lead for your solution?

Ryan Walsh, CEO

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Solution Team

  • Geoff Graves Director of Strategic Partnerhips, Valqari
 
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