This post was first published on LinkedIn Pulse on October 5th, 2015
The complexities of pharmaceutical products are increasing, including those that require temperature sensitive storage and transportation. Growing complexity often means increased product value too. This places urgency on pharmaceutical companies to manage their cold supply chain properly as to avoid dangerous risks of temperature variances as well as consequences that can come from these risks.
The need to monitor product quality and care in the cold chain supply line through data access results in a search for an all-in-one temperature monitoring option. An all-in-one option is especially important for products where a slight deviance in temperature can greatly affect its usability and may have dire results for the end users of the product. Temperature variations can damage medicines, medical devices, and specimens. This can affect patients by putting their lives at risk through giving them damaged medicine and cost the industry millions of dollars through unusable products and the consequences of not meeting regulatory requirements.
Smartphones are starting to creep into temperature monitoring. Because of their portability and cost effectiveness, they are great choice to use in order to catch and avoid temperature variances that can cause damage and subsequent consequences. Smartphone apps can interact with a new type of RFID-like tags and offer immediate and visual insight to the supply chain manager using the cloud. The apps can automatically scan from distances of up to 100 feet (~30 meters), which means those involved in the supply chain do not have to interact with the product to check on the temperature. This saves time and money. Plus, those in the organization who need to see it most can share access to the information from anywhere through the cloud. Smartphones are inherently changing the cold supply line temperature monitoring game.
SenseGeni has released such a solution that takes advantage of smartphones and the cloud to solve the cold chain technologies operations problem. The technology uses temperature-monitoring tags with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and incorporates a sensor that captures the ambient temperature at configurable intervals. The tags are setup using a smartphone app to detect high and/or low temperatures. Any temperature excursion triggers a visual indication on the tag and also records the temperature, date, and time. The packaging weighs 15 gm and is 30% the size of a credit card and fits well in harsh shipping environments with limited space.
Using the SenseGeni smartphone application, any personnel directly interacting with the supply chain simply needs to stand near the shipment and the smartphone will automatically scan the sensors with zero intervention from the person. The information is then securely uploaded to the cloud where authorized users can get up-to-date information on the temperature of the shipment.
If your organization is interested to run a pilot with the SenseGeni tags, pls get in contact with us.