Asset tracking is revolutionizing industries like healthcare logistics rapidly. Monitoring your medical cold chain is important, and not monitoring it can hurt you by costing you money or making you incompliant. Asset tracking technology has sensors to help you properly monitor your cold chain.
Common Problems in the Healthcare Industry
High Costs and Supply Chain Issues
Medical equipment is often expensive, which makes it difficult to replace if it breaks or gets lost. In the past, hospital equipment took a week to deliver, but with supply chain issues becoming more common, medical providers are waiting up to six months for equipment to be delivered. Additionally, due to insurance expiring within the waiting period, delayed equipment can result in patients losing access to the care they need.
Part of the cold chain is transporting and storing vaccines and medication. During the winter especially, many people get sick, requiring medication. In order for patients to be appropriately treated, the medication must remain at a specific temperature. Without a way to monitor these sensitive drugs, you risk expiration before it has the chance to be used.
For medical facilities, adhering to government regulations is crucial. One small mistake—such as losing equipment— could have profound legal implications. The most common issues affecting compliance in the healthcare industry include misplacement, lack of telehealth, or accidental disposal. Using an RTLS system significantly reduces the likelihood of these incidents.
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How Link Labs Can Help
Cold Chain Monitoring
Our asset tracking tags have sensors on them to monitor the environment. This is helpful for companies that transfer or store temperature sensitive drugs. It’s as simple as attaching the tag to the freezer, choosing the desired temperature zone, and setting up alerts. If you get an alert that the temperature changes, you can address the situation before it’s too late.
It’s no question how important it is to remain compliant. Lack of compliance means high fees and a hurt reputation. Asset tracking helps healthcare companies remain compliant. For example, having the right equipment at the proper standards is what’s expected. Asset tracking technology is smart enough to alert you when it’s time for predictive maintenance. This way, you won’t use the wrong equipment on patients.
Want to Keep Up With Asset Tracking Trends Within Healthcare?
Healthcare companies are increasingly learning the importance of tracking the logistics portion of their supply chain. If asset tracking helps ensure compliance requirements are met and ensures medication and vaccines are arriving unexpired, then investing is an easy decision to make.
If you want to stay up to date with the technology trends happening in healthcare, book a demo with us to find out what we can do for you.