In no other industry is shipping more critical than in the life sciences field where shipments of blood, tissue, or organs can often mean the life or death of a patient. It is imperative for hospitals and clinics that deal with these types of shipments to work with a shipping company that has cutting-edge technology for added visibility into where the package is at all time.
Wondering how you should go about choosing the right shipping company for your unique needs? Here are some of the important features that a hospital should look for when choosing a shipping company for their time critical life science deliveries:
- NFO services. If an organ or blood donation needs to get to a hospital across the country, it’s imperative that your shipping company has Next Flight Out services. This means that the company is not waiting for a flight from a certain carrier. They can find the next flight out on any airline that will get the shipment to its destination. This can save hours or even days depending on the shipping distance.
- Real-time tracking. A dedicated team will be waiting for the organ to be delivered. In order to transplant into the patient, the team needs to know exactly when that organ will arrive not an estimated window. It’s not enough to be alerted when it leaves the origin airport or when the package has been picked up. The ability to track the organ in real time throughout the shipping process is not only possible, it’s also necessary to ensure the patient and healthcare team are prepared.
- Path optimization. You simply 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 delays, 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 key. Work with a shipping company that allows you to track the driver’s movements in real time and be able to communicate with them during the delivery if necessary.
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 is 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.
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.