Application of Drones in Medicine and Healthcare

A special issue of Drones (ISSN 2504-446X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 89

Special Issue Editors

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Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King’s College London, 150 Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH, UK
Interests: delivery of medicines by drone; the maintenance of quality of medicines and medical products by drone; exploration of the relationship between solid state properties and the performance of pharmaceutical materials and medicines
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Tec-Connection, Oberlohnstrasse 3, D78467 Konstanz, Germany
Interests: laboratory robotics; materials logistics in the laboratory; system engineering; technology transfer
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) also known as drones, have begun to make an impact on human health through a range of different application. The aim of this special issue is to bring together high-quality papers reporting the recent advances in drone technology, applications, and approaches. We welcome practitioners in the development of drones for healthcare solutions, aiming to bring the findings of their UAV research to a wide audience and influential audience.

The editors of the special issue especially invite papers covering innovation and data rich studies in the following areas.

  • Drone logistics and deliveries in the support of healthcare:
    • Point of care UAV delivered treatments.
    • Medicine drone delivery.
    • UAV healthcare logistics (blood, organs, vaccinations, inventory).
    • Patient samples and diagnostics by drone.
  • Emergency response and disaster relief facilitated by drones:
    • Emergency patient-oriented medicine, AEDs & resuscitation response by Drone
    • UAV’s supporting disaster response, environment, mapping, surveying, imaging, search & rescue.
  • Public health:
    • Guidance, monitoring, and pattern recognition in the assessment of mental health.
    • Sampling and monitoring environmental threats to health.
    • Population monitoring needs assessment and support of communities.
  • Methodological approaches to UAV research & development.
    • Evidence-based, FAIR data, healthcare drone ontologies, real-world data
    • Economic evaluation of drone delivered healthcare
    • Compliance aviation, medical (stability, GLP GMP packaging GDP)
    • Ethical, co-creation, co-design, privacy preserving drone solutions.

All contributions to the special issue must include thorough experimental design and the appropriate sampling to allow statistical evaluation of the research findings.

Dr. Paul Royall
Dr. Patrick Courtney
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Drones is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • public health
  • emergency response
  • mapping of health needs
  • drone medical deliveries
  • treatments by UAV
  • diagnosis by dron
  • healthcare logistics
  • UAV economies
  • drone solution co-design
  • data rich

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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