Recent events have shown that the healthcare supply chain needs to be agile, flexible, and resilient enough to accommodate evolving needs. A global pandemic is a reminder of the consequences of delays, contamination, and shortages—especially for vaccines.
For healthcare logistics managers, this presents a high-stakes challenge. Transporting and distributing time- and temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals is no small feat. The margin for error is almost non-existent, and handling these materials comes with a host of regulations.
To resolve some of the complexity, the U.S. plans to invest $3 billion into the vaccine supply chain to position itself as a leading supplier of vaccines for the world. But beyond this investment, supply chain leaders must look for new ways to bolster the medical supply chain.
Renewed attention to vaccine distribution
COVID-19 revealed glaring holes in pandemic preparedness—particularly global vaccine infrastructure, manufacturing, and distribution. As a result, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Global Affairs called on the National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine to develop new ideas to improve vaccine distribution and supply chain management—before the next pandemic or health crisis inevitably arrives.
An investment in medical infrastructure is not only about providing healthcare professionals with critical supplies like needles, syringes, and personal protective equipment. It’s also an investment in the shippers that deliver truckloads of medicine across the country while jumping through regulatory hoops.
These shippers need support to meet hygiene and safety standards. High-stakes situations warrant high-quality support. A trustworthy logistics partner helps shipping teams mitigate compliance issues, avoid costly and high-stakes delays, and create a smoother distribution process overall.
Improved visibility into the supply chain
A comprehensive, end-to-end view of the supply chain is extremely valuable—especially true of the medical supply chain.
Minor delays or bottlenecks could be the difference between delivering a shipment of vaccines on time or wasting an entire batch of life-saving material that no longer meets hygiene and safety standards.
A managed transportation management system (TMS) is a powerful digital tool that can help shippers better communicate with carriers, track shipments, automate processes, and handle payments. This kind of visibility is crucial for medical supply chains handling sensitive materials with particular needs.
A TMS provides easy-to-use, comprehensive dashboards that allow managers to monitor inbound deliveries, track outbound shipments, and seamlessly communicate with leadership along the supply chain. More visibility means reduced risk—from delays to contaminations.
Better forecasting to anticipate changing needs
To recover from the pandemic and mitigate supply chain disruption, shippers must anticipate future needs. So again, a forecast is essential—particularly in the pharmaceutical industry. Because many drugs have a limited shelf life, it’s critical to anticipate necessary supply levels and stock up accordingly.
CTSI-Global can help you anticipate future needs and be prepared to deliver on them. With decades of experience in the healthcare and life sciences, our team understands the importance of meeting health needs quickly, efficiently, and compliantly. That’s why we’re here to augment your existing team, provide regulatory expertise and visibility, and improve forecasting to create a more resilient medical supply chain that can withstand future crises.
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