A partnership between Walmart, DroneUp and Quest Diagnostics will see COVID-19 tests delivered by drone to single-family homes in the North Las Vegas area.
The at-home self-collection kits will be delivered from the North Las Vegas Walmart to single-family homes within a mile radius of the store.
Learnings from this pilot will help determine what roles drones can play in pandemic response, health care delivery, and retail, a statement from DroneUp said.
The drone delivery pilot will be available while supplies last every day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather and visibility permitting.
Once delivered, patients will perform self-administered nasal swab COVID-19 tests in the privacy of their homes.
Patients will ship the sample to a Quest Diagnostics lab using a provided pre-paid shipping envelope for processing at the lab and will receive their COVID-19 test results through the secure Quest Diagnostics MyQuest online portal or app.
“Walmart has been serving the North Las Vegas community throughout the pandemic with drive-thru testing sites, and we wanted to provide another way to access testing that provides convenience and leverages technology while learning how drones could impact the delivery of healthcare in the future,” said Amanda Jenkins, vice president of operation support and implementation for health and wellness, Walmart US.
She continued: “We are grateful to our Quest and DroneUp partners, and our pharmacists and associates, for their support in launching the pilot as we continue to work together during the pandemic.”
Meanwhile, Tom Walker, founder and CEO of DroneUp, said: “Collaborating to deliver self-collection kits offers further investment into solutions that will advance safe and effective drone delivery.
“We are honored to partner with Walmart and Quest to pioneer these deliveries and equally as proud to serve our communities.”