When managing medical logistics, every minute matters. This is especially true in the medical courier business when an organ or blood donation needs to be delivered across the county or even to a neighboring state.
That’s why working with a logistics company who can offer Next Flight Out (NFO) services is crucial. An NFO is precisely as it sounds, the logistics company routes the medical shipment on the next available flight to have the specimen delivered asap. With 58 planes taking off every minute around the world, faster dispatching translates to more flight options.
That’s a sure way to burn time. Saving minutes on dispatching and routing can mean the medical specimen arrives on time – or even hours before the estimated delivery time.
Another key: real-time tracking
When an organ or tissue is going to be transplanted, an expert team of technicians need to conduct tests to verify the specimen is still viable, a match and ready for transplant. For organizations to prepare to correctly and safely examine the specimen, they need to know precisely when that organ will arrive. An estimated window isn’t good enough. Being alerted when the driver has been dispatched or when the package has been picked up is only a start. Real-time tracking includes being able to see the driver on a map, any time, no matter where it is. It also means using sophisticated technology to predict delays and automate the re-routing process to save time.
The efficiency of path optimization
Patients, physicians, and medical couriers cannot be at the mercy of the weather or a traffic jam when it comes to time-critical blood and organ deliveries. It’s crucial to choose a shipping company that can be proactive in the face of possible delays by using path optimization and other geo-tagging tools. With alerts about potential delays due to weather, accidents or other obstructions, the shipping company can reroute deliveries to keep them expedited.
The person behind the wheel
Driver transparency and visibility is also critical: Do you know who is handling your time-sensitive delivery? With most shipping companies, you’ll never know who has control of the shipment or where they are in the delivery process. When transporting sensitive materials such as blood or organs, visibility is vital. Work with a shipping company that enables you to track the driver’s movements in real time – and is able and willing to communicate with them during the delivery if necessary.