Image background

The Future of Medical Transport



Application period

2023-04-23 - 2023-08-17

Welcome to a forward-thinking challenge where Region Östergötland (and Aero EDIH) want you to explore the possibility of using drones for medical transport. Region Östergötland (RÖ) has identified a need to streamline and expedite transport between Primary Care units, vaccination clinics, and other health and medical services. Our focus is on safely and swiftly transporting items such as blood samples, blood bags, vaccines, and sampling kits.

We're facing questions like: How can drones enhance our transport methods? What is the economic viability of using drones compared to current transport modes? Can we create predetermined, approved flight routes for the drones?

We invite you to be part of this challenge. Together, we can visualize and simulate these future scenarios, and perhaps even kickstart a real implementation project. Seize the opportunity to help Region Östergötland step into the future!


Facts about Region Östergötland

Region Östergötland, located in southeastern Sweden, is one of the country's 21 regional units. Here are some interesting facts about the region. Region Östergötland is responsible for the county's health and medical care. This means that the region strives to offer residents good, accessible care of high quality. Primary Care units, vaccination clinics, general medical training centres, the 1177 service, morgues, and more are operated under the region's authority.

In addition to health and medical care, the region is also responsible for the county's public transport and regional development. This means they strive to create efficient transport networks and promote economic growth within the region. The region prides itself on being at the forefront of research and development in medical transport. They are currently exploring the use of drone technology to improve the efficiency and safety of medical transport.

Region Östergötland is responsible for prehospital care, including ambulance care, recumbent medical transport, and prioritization and directing of ambulance assignments. The region spans an area of about 10,500 square kilometres and has a population of around 460,000 inhabitants. The three largest cities in Region Östergötland are Linköping, Norrköping, and Motala. Linköping and Norrköping are known for their universities and Motala is known as Sweden's radio capital.