The life sciences industry relies heavily on time-critical logistics. Shipments containing blood, tissue, or organs can often mean life or death for the recipient. It is imperative for hospitals, clinics, and specimen banks to effectively plan, route, and track these shipments. Shipping medical specimen can be done internally, which can be costly, or through a Third Party Logistics provider. It is imperative for the hospitals or clinics to utilize adaptive technology for added visibility and ease of use.
Wondering how you should go about choosing the right shipping company for your unique needs? Here are some of the essential features that a hospital should look for when selecting a shipping company for their time critical life science deliveries:
- Next Flight Out (NFO) shipping. If an organ or blood donation needs to be delivered across the country or even a neighboring state, working with a dedicated NFO provider is crucial. A dedicated NFO provider does not wait for a specific flight or airline. They cannot only find the next flight out on any airline that will get the shipment to its destination but expedite the routing process to have the delivery in transit faster. Every minute matters, and if you can save 15 minutes on dispatching and routing, it can enable you to deliver hours before the estimated delivery time.
- Real-time tracking. When an organ or tissue is going to be transplanted, an expert team of technicians needs to conduct tests to verify the specimen is still viable, a match, and ready for transplant. For this team to correctly, and safely examine the specimen, they need to know precisely when that organ will arrive not an estimated window. In today's world, it is not enough to be alerted when the shipment leaves the origin airport or when the package has been picked up. Real-time tracking means being able to see the package on a map, no matter what, and use technology to predict delays to avoid losing time. The ability to track the organ in real time throughout the shipping process is not only possible, but it’s also necessary to ensure everyone is prepared and ready for the shipment.
- Path Optimization. You cannot be at the mercy of the weather or a traffic jam when it comes to time-critical blood and organ deliveries. Choose a shipping company that can be proactive about 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.
- Driver transparency. 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 allows you to track the driver’s movements in real time and will communicate with them during the delivery if necessary.
Choosing your medical courier or time-critical provider doesn't have to be difficult. Remember, your provider should interact with your organization as a partner, not a customer.
At Airspace Technologies, we know the importance of time and transparency when it comes to time-critical blood and organ delivery. We have implemented the most cutting-edge technology to ensure that the services we provide to the life sciences industry are unparalleled. With our services, you will know where your shipment is, when it will arrive, and that any delays will be mitigated before they can happen. We focus on time-critical shipments because they matter most.
It’s imperative that you thoroughly look into the shipping company you use for your critical deliveries. Ask them about the technology they use and how this makes the shipping process faster and more transparent. Choose a company that has developed solutions that are tailor-made for your industry and the unique needs that come with it.