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The Future Of Pathology Services, Part I: Facing Up To The Challenges

The future of pathology services, part I: facing up to the challenges

Pathology companies have an opportunity to deliver a sustainable healthcare solution to a growing population, whilst reducing the operational costs of maintaining an efficient medical courier network.

Healthcare is a $125b industry in Australia alone, and aims to provide a complete healthcare service to everyone, everywhere. The provision of pathology services plays an enormous role in the drive for universal healthcare, influencing around 70% of all patient health diagnoses.

A logistics operation facilitating two-way transportation for pathology samples is both a cost driver and an essential component of healthcare service delivery.

The challenge

Courier drivers transport samples under cold chain conditions in four to six-hour shifts. The risk of delay and subsequent sample degradation from prolonged transit times, prohibitive geography, and uncontrollable traffic conditions is high – and is only heightened in rural and remote areas.

Testing laboratories rely on the delivery of samples so they can provide fast and accurate results to the requesting physician. However, labs often run at low utilisation rates because it’s cost-prohibitive to transport individual samples. Instead, they receive sample batches at irregular intervals throughout the day – resulting in lost efficiency and productivity.

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Pathology companies have an opportunity to deliver a sustainable healthcare solution to support growing a growing population

The solution

Healthcare providers are increasingly engaging in the development and integration of innovative methods to create value and cement their market position, while reducing costs and maintaining or increasing service provision to everyone.

Optimisation and augmentation of the logistics operations associated with physically moving specimens and pathology samples presents a clear opportunity to increase service provision.

More specifically, an on-demand, autonomous airborne logistics network offers pathology providers the opportunity to undertake transformational change and connect regional hubs on demand.

The key benefits

An autonomous airborne solution provides a variety of benefits and outcomes for providers:

Autonomous aircraft provide a number of key benefits for pathology companies

Pathology providers have an opportunity to challenge the status quo. Embracing technology innovation like incorporating autonomous aircraft into an existing supply chain can reduce sky-rocketing costs and offer more efficient transportation of samples.

Get in touch today to learn how Swoop Aero can help you transform your supply chain.

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