Hospital Uses FAA-Approved Drones for the First Time

WakeMed’s flagship hospital and campus in Raleigh, N.C., has become the first U.S. facility to use drones regularly to deliver medical samples, thanks to a partnership between UPS and Matternet Inc., a startup that develops drones to transport medicine and humanitarian aid.

It marks the first time the Federal Aviation Authority has allowed a drone to make routine revenue deliveries under a contractual delivery agreement. The FAA buy-in came one-and-a-half years after Matternet began teaming with Swiss Post to deliver medical materials in Switzerland.