As of May 2017, Donate Life America reported that approximately 120,000 people are awaiting a life or death medical transfer.
Did you know that nearly 22 patients die in the US daily because they don’t receive their life-saving organ transplant on time? Whether it be an organ or another important medical delivery, amongst the 120,000+ patients waiting, those 22 patients suffer every day.
If you own or manage a pharmacy, lab, or hospital you are most likely regularly ordering medical equipment and supplies which are typically time-sensitive. The importance of hiring a courier company with the best technology is essential to reducing life-costing mistakes. ShipTrack, a technology leader in the transportation industry, empowers same-day couriers to be quick and ensure prompt delivery.
This focuses on three core areas:
PROPER HANDLING AND CHAIN OF CUSTODY
ShipTrack’s app gives drivers all the information at their fingertips, including special comments and turn-by-turn directions. The medical world being so detail oriented makes this component crucial, especially if there are any complications along the way. In terms of inventory and maintenance, barcode scanning can be utilized even when using third-party carriers.
VISIBILITY AND REAL TIME UPDATES
With automatic notifications it makes the process not only less stressful but much easier. For instance, if a patient is in a critical state and is waiting for blood to arrive, through real time updates, this allows the hospital to prepare in advance through the automatic notifications. This step lets them know what time the blood is arriving and if there are any delays along the way.
INTEGRATIONS TO EXISTING SYSTEMS
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) reduces dispatch time and increases communication between various locations. Additionally, it enables mobile devices with real-time updates. ShipTrack can provide the necessary chain of custody, integrations, invoicing and automated routing for stat or rush deliveries all while offering automatic invoicing.
While only 5% of a group of 500 reported receiving a medical delivery the same day they ordered it, nearly half said they hoped to receive it the same day. With that being said, there is clearly room for improvement and with ShipTrack being implemented, this would allow for a more efficient experience for employees in the medical field and a more effective experience for patients.