ARTICLES — April 07, 2020

Maintaining Effective Medical Supply Chain Monitoring During Pandemic with IoT

There has been a sudden change in the way countries and cities are operated since the outbreak of COVID-19. In order to limit the spread, borders have been closed, schools and businesses are kept homebound, and many are staying at home. Yet, the number of Coronavirus cases in Indonesia is still rising and might continue to do so in the next month.

The reality is, despite the rising cases, our medical professionals are already facing a lack of medical equipment, supplies, and personnel. Doctors, nurses and medical staff need all the help they can get in order to receive supplies on time, make faster informed-decisions, and better maintain their own health. Here’s how IoT can help alleviate strains while curbing the spread of Covid-19:

Controlling testing environments

Having IoT sensors that can track temperature, humidity, even light conditions will help make environment monitoring easy. You can place the sensors in different parts of the room, even inside sample refrigerators. If a change in the environment happens, you’ll be alerted automatically, making environment-control one less thing to worry about.

Maintaining effective medical supply chain monitoring

Distributing medicine, serums, and even transplants are crucial at a time like this. In a typical distribution setting, the pharmaceutical manufacturer will send the medicine to the main distributor who will portion it for smaller distributors who will deliver to apothecaries, hospitals, private doctors, and other medical institutions. Using an IoT solution like Asset Performance Management can keep the long journey safe and on time. Its temperature and humidity monitoring features will ensure the quality of sensitive goods. While its time tracking feature can help drivers maintain an effective delivery time. Utilizing Asset Performance Management can help distributors monitor for successful delivery every single time.

Connecting health systems

As all hospital resources are being stretched, having a tool to monitor patients and ensure that medication is delivered effectively will be a massive help. By consolidating EMRs (electronic medical records), scheduling systems, and patient monitoring, you can reduce a huge amount of manual admin tasks. This will allow the hospital to focus more of its resources on helping the sick rather than filing out reports manually.

This pandemic has proven to be a trying time for the world. But humans are resilient and we will always find ways to solve our problems faster and smarter. The intelligence of the IoT can help make our tasks manageable. Let technology do the monitoring and administration, so our healthcare professionals can take an extra hour of sleep and be strong for another day in the front lines. 

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