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How Medical Logistics Companies are Leveraging Sensors

Enterprise Technology Review | Thursday, December 05, 2019

The development of technology has allowed the medical logistics companies to use sensors for tracking medical supplies.

FREMONT, CA: The increasing demand and usage of the sensors in logistics organizations have resulted in the launch of a service that will assist customers in tracking their medical packages in their exact locations and also in real-time.

For the delivery companies of medical packages, their key priority is handling shipments with personalized medicines, investigative drugs, implantable medical devices, DNA and gene therapies, and laboratory specimens. The goal of such servers is to make sure the packages reach their proper destination at the right time, despite issues like bad weather. 

If the delivery companies get to know the exact location of the shipments during unexpected situations, it will become easier for them to handle the situation and deliver them to their proper owner.

Sensor Tech

For timely delivery, the packages will be implemented with sensors that will help the UPS to track their proper location during any time. Presently employees of the parcel service companies know the location of high-priority packages at a few points all through the delivery cycles, and that is based on the visual signals that are placed on the boxes.


The sensors work together with the electronic readers while distributing and sorting the operations, by using several technologies like cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The parcel service employees can also use the information and prioritize their deliveries and change them accordingly. For example, if it is necessary, the employees can also re-route the parcel during bad weather days so that it reaches the patients on time.

The sensors provide examples of how technology can be used for improving the complex health-care supply chain, which frequently consists of packages that can be temperature-sensitive and can expire rapidly. It becomes a significant issue more because before patients receive them, they are handled by multiple parties that include pharmacies, wholesale distributors, and manufacturers.

However, many logistics service companies are trying to bring improvement in health-care delivery. Companies have their own health-care focused logistics services that the customers can use for monitoring the locations of their shipments in real-time. Few companies are also taking the initiative to test a cloud-based platform that can analyze the data points from several organizations within the supply chain of the drug makers.

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