Further to its press release dated June 21st, 2022, Drone Delivery Canada Corp. is pleased to announce that effective November 7, 2022, its Care By Air project initiative, through the assistance of its sales agent Air Canada (TSX: AC), with Halton Healthcare Services Corporation (“Halton Healthcare”) and DSV Air & Sea Inc. Canada (“DSV”) is commercially operational. This revenue-generating pilot project will be operational for a 6-month term.
The Care by Air project will enable defined-route deliveries from DSV to Halton Healthcare’s Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital utilizing DDC’s Sparrow drone, its DroneSpot® takeoff and landing zones and the Company’s proprietary FLYTE software. The solution will be used to transport a wide variety of healthcare goods including medical isotopes for cancer care (supplied from McMaster University) by cargo drones for the benefit of fast and efficient delivery to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, located in Oakville, Ontario.
This transport of vital medical supplies by drone is the first of its kind in Canada that will deliver healthcare supplies directly to a hospital for on-site patient diagnosis, treatment or care. The innovation of drone delivery will support the provision of time critical goods, enabling the next horizon in healthcare delivery.
All operations will be conducted in accordance with appropriate Canadian regulations. Flights will be remotely monitored by DDC from its Operations Control Centre located in Vaughan, Ontario.
“This partnership with Halton Healthcare and DSV is highly innovative and groundbreaking. The pilot project is just the first step of the overall vision of connecting all hospitals within the Halton Healthcare umbrella. We are very proud to commence the operations and look forward to supporting other hospitals in Ontario as well as in Canada for that matter. Our proprietary drone logistics platform is a perfect fit for delivering high-value and high-risk cargo, as is typical in the healthcare market.,” said Steve Magirias, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada.
“At Halton Healthcare, we are committed to advancing how we deliver care, which includes finding new and efficient ways to use technology. Being at the forefront of an innovative delivery system with the Care by Air drone delivery project is the ideal way to contribute to the advancement of healthcare, while continuing to evolve along with the care needs of our patients, families and communities,” said Hilary Rodrigues, Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, Performance & Chief Financial Officer, Halton Healthcare.
“The Care by Air Project commercial launch represents a milestone step towards optimizing healthcare supply chains that rely on time-sensitive and critical care medical cargo. As a leader in global logistics, DSV is proud to be partners in building upon the growth and innovation of drone delivery. We are excited to see the progress and possibilities that will benefit healthcare and patient care at Halton Region hospitals and beyond in Canada”. This is a first in the future of healthcare logistics’’, said Martin Roos, Managing Director, DSV Air & Sea Inc., Canada.
“McMaster is a recognized leader in the discovery and commercialization of medical isotope technologies, some of the most time-critical medical supplies in the world. We are excited to be collaborating with the Care by Air team to create an innovative transportation solution that will improve access to medical diagnostics and therapies for patients not only in Canada, but around the world,” said Andrea Armstrong, Adjunct Professor and Research Scientist at McMaster University.
About Halton Healthcare
Halton Healthcare is an award-winning healthcare organization comprised of three community hospitals and numerous community-based services in the growing urban and rural communities of Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. Reflecting the dynamic communities we serve, we take pride in offering some of the finest technology and healthcare expertise available in southwestern Ontario. Our hospitals – Georgetown Hospital, Milton District Hospital and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital – are very much a part of Halton’s rich history and have a long-standing tradition of providing quality care to many generations of area families. Together, we serve a population of more than 400,000 residents.
Read more at: https://www.haltonhealthcare.com