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The Vaccine Fridge That Could Save Lives

Reviving Einstein's ideas could save millions of lives.

Transporting vaccines to every corner of the globe is one of the key health priorities of our time, but every year thousands of life-saving medicines are lost through inadequate storage. This may no longer be the case, thanks to the inventiveness of a 22-year-old graduate from the United Kingdom.  Will Broadway’s invention is made even more […]

Still Pushing Your Customers Around?

Stakeholders are now moving towards supply chain excellence and inbound logistics to handle new pressures on the American healthcare system.

Inbound Logistics published its first healthcare logistics article back in 1994.  That article revealed several important reasons for companies to move to demand-driven logistics, even those not in the healthcare value chain. Hillarycare was introduced the year before that article ran. My opinion then was, “Fine, look at Hillarycare, but first cut costs and boost […]

Save Data, Save Lives

A common difference between life and death? Accurate data.

While much of the world today suffers from information overload, there are still places where information is scarce. And that scarcity sometimes costs people their lives. In the maternity ward of Zanzibar’s largest public-health facility, Mnazi Mmoja Hospital, patient data are listed on a dry-erase board. The information on the board lists the number of women […]

Cracking Zika’s DNA

Scientists are using biotech tools to crack open Zika's genetic code.

Officials have begun spraying insecticide in a 10-square-mile area north of downtown Miami this week to eradicate Zika-carrying mosquitoes, but researchers still must answer many of the most fundamental questions relating to the virus — and support for their efforts is coming from some unlikely places.  Zika, which can cause birth defects in pregnant women, […]

Sending Cancer Packing

How logistics can help make or break product launches.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It doesn’t have to be that way. A colonoscopy can detect the disease at an early, treatable stage. But because that traditional test is an invasive procedure, a third of all U.S. adults who should get tested don’t get screened. Exact […]

Six Ways to Healthcare Supply Chain Success

A set of core traits can align your supply chain with the demands of the healthcare industry.

Minimizing inventory and improving efficiency — that’s how companies in most industries control supply chain costs. Missing a few sales is less important than keeping inventory under control. But the concept of “too much inventory” loses its relevance when people’s lives depend on product availability That’s a key reason why healthcare supply companies have historically […]

Clinical Trials: A Key Step in Medical Breakthroughs

Throughout history, research has powered medical breakthroughs. Here's how to push what’s possible.

Let’s take a step back in time. First stop is 1955, when Dr. Jonas Salk announced a major medical breakthrough — he had won the fight against polio. Now, let’s take a step further back. Physician James Lind in the mid-1700s conducted the first controlled clinical trial of the modern era. Essentially, his work found […]

Sweat the Small Stuff

Wireless skin sensors sniff out medical issues.

Anil Duggal has always had a knack for invention — the GE Global Research chief scientist has 98 U.S. patents to his name. Now, with the support of his colleagues Jeff Ashe and Azar Alizadeh, Duggal is on the verge of turning years of abandoned research into what might be the world’s most advanced skin-surface […]

Healthcare Restructuring, Done Right

Eliminate the pain points in healthcare acquisitions with these survival tips.

Second in a two-part series. Click here for part one. In this post, we will outline some pragmatic, actionable strategies we’ve gleaned in our experience working in this sector. Tactical Solutions for a Smooth Integration Over the years, we’ve observed several easily adoptable practices that greatly enhance the chance of a smooth transition for acquisitions […]

Pain Relief for Healthcare M&A

A successful merger or acquisition requires the right strategy. We've been there.

First in a two-part series. According to a study by the Harvard Business Review, 70 to 90 percent of mergers and acquisitions fail. It’s a disconcertingly high rate – particularly when you consider that the cause cited for most failures wasn’t technological, financial or product-related. It was due to the process of the integration itself. […]

5 High-Tech Trends Reshaping Healthcare

Innovations you'll be hearing about in the years to come.

Technology is giving new meaning to modern medicine. From wearables to the cloud, technology innovations are attempting to disrupt an industry with plenty of hurdles to overcome as it is. But given healthcare’s focus on cost-savings and patient convenience, many of the high-tech trends likely to reshape the industry could also come with better odds […]

Healthcare Hacks

Spreading frugal innovation in the healthcare industry.

These days, it seems like there is a “hack” for just about everything. And no, I’m not talking about cyber-security here, I’m referring to the concept that you may see on your Facebook newsfeed from time to time. Think: using a pants hanger to hold a cookbook or putting a cell phone in a cup […]

How to Build a Smarter Dummy

Escobar Technologies uses 3D printing to make better, more realistic simulated body parts for health education.

The U.S. health-care system is as complicated and intricate as it has ever been. As the demand on the medical-care system weighs heavier with each passing year, the need for properly trained nurses, doctors, specialists and health-care technicians continues to grow. Increasingly, these professionals are turning to medical simulators for that training. A medical simulator […]

Getting Life-saving Medicines … from a Drone

How global collaboration makes the impossible, possible.

Note: This is Part one of a two-part series on an innovative collaboration between Zipline, a California-based robotics company; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; and UPS. The Rwandan government will soon use drones to deliver life-saving blood supplies and rabies vaccine to health workers in the western half of the East African country. The effort is part of […]

How Logistics Sparks the Healthcare Revolution

The need for complex logistics support is another reminder that personalized medicine requires a multi-faceted approach from professionals in many disciplines.

There is a revolution taking place in healthcare delivery. Patient-centred care is changing the way that professionals think about health and its management, which is reshaping healthcare organisations and their funding structures. The revolution is all about putting patients and their individual needs at the centre of healthcare systems. The potential benefits of this revolution […]

Cold Chain Packaging Trends

Susan Li of UPS discusses supply chain trends, challenges and packaging innovations.

The pharmaceutical supply chain presents many challenges in and of itself, such as the threat of counterfeits, specialized biopharmaceuticals with strict temperature and handling requirements, costly and unsustainable materials, and regulatory compliance in an increasingly global marketplace, to name a few. As drug products change, cold chain packaging is evolving to help address some of […]

Lives over Landfills

Destined for the trash heap, unused, unopened and quality medical supplies could prevent millions of deaths.

Nearly 6 million children died last year before their fifth birthday. Around the globe, that’s 16,000 kids per day, 700 per hour and 11 per minute. Tragically, more than half of these early child deaths could have been prevented with access to simple, affordable medical care, according to the World Health Organization. At the same […]

The War on Cancer

How logistics expertise, dedicated facilities and an integrated global network are teaming up to fight this killer.

Editor’s Note: The global healthcare system is at a turning point. In the U.S. and elsewhere, changes in policies, disease patterns and rising costs combined with new technologies, diagnostics and therapeutics have brought forth increased demand for transparency, a plethora of new business models and calls for greater efficiency. The goal for society: a slowdown […]

Cancer Moonshot, A Call to Action

How we can work together to pick up the pace on defeating cancer.

From the Editor: Last week, Longitudes shared blogs from industry leaders attending Davos 2016. They explored many opportunities and challenges accompanying The Fourth Industrial Revolution. We begin this week pinpointing one of those: healthcare. Today, we look at US Vice President Joe Biden discussing a cancer cure “moonshot,” followed tomorrow by a Q&A with John Menna, vice president, global strategy, healthcare logistics at UPS, describing ways logistics […]

Does Your Supply Chain Challenge the Status Quo?

Regulations, cost pressures drive medical device companies to innovate.

It is becoming increasingly difficult for medical device companies to maintain healthy profit margins within a business-as-usual environment amid shifting regulations and changing market trends. Add price and cost pressures to the equation, and you have an industry with ample impetus to innovate. Procurement and other traditional cost-saving measures are being exhausted. To drive business […]

Offset Cold Chain Complexities with Creativity

Pharmaceutical innovations aren’t slowing down, so why should smart logistics?

In entertainment, late filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille once said, “Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.” The same can be said in healthcare about today’s 7 billion global healthcare consumers, who are living longer, have better access to quality care, and are demanding more choices, more convenience and better outcomes. It’s an evolving paradigm, […]

Understanding ALS with Big Data

New ways of analyzing patient data can help uncover patterns that can mean the world to those who are affected by this disease.

Each year, more than 5,600 Americans are diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This diagnosis usually prompts more questions from patients and family members about longevity and quality of life than what physicians can immediately answer. Unfortunately, the same is true for ALS research, which historically has been hindered by […]

The New World Order in Transportation

Transportation innovation and economic growth are inextricably linked. Without innovation, economic growth is not possible.

In an increasingly congested world, the transportation industry is up against unrelenting pressure to facilitate the free flow of goods. Traffic congestion in cities worldwide is a major problem. Unfortunately, the issue is compounding as cities grow and car ownership rates increase. However, there are numerous opportunities for forward-looking companies capable of delivering solutions to […]

Taking the New Era of Computing to Healthcare

For the first time, pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies can more easily move their core business activities to the cloud.

When biomedical companies develop and test new products, they are required by law to employ management systems that prove that everything they do follows the rules concerning safety, quality and privacy. That includes the computers and software they use. Because of the strict requirements, these industries have found it difficult to take advantage of one of […]

Turning The Promise Of Healthcare Into Reality

Healthcare logistics must keep pace with scientific innovation to enable limitless possibilities.

There are two end goals that drive innovation in healthcare – extending life and improving the quality of life. Any scientific progress in healthcare serves one or both of these pursuits. It is difficult to predict exactly where science will go next. However, we know that the pace of innovation in the world of healthcare […]

Keeping Your Healthcare Supply Chain Healthy

Identify and slash costs in your business. Part two of a series.

This article is part two of a series. Click here to read part one.  If you have read part one of this two-part white paper on cost reduction in the healthcare supply chain, you already know that this is a complex and challenging topic. You also know that you need to “change the game” as you squeeze out more […]

The Supply Chain Evolution

Medtech firms must make strategic changes to their supply chains to capitalize on new opportunities.

Change is never easy but it’s necessary for survival. In nature, organisms can take their time adapting to change, evolving into more advanced versions of themselves over generations or millennia. Businesses, however, don’t have that kind of time—they must adapt quickly to change or risk surrendering their marketplace advantage. Globalization and technological advances are reshaping […]

Healthcare’s Internet of Things

Can connected technologies help care for people everywhere?

The world is on the cusp of a transformation in which data, devices, and applications will connect patients and caregivers seamlessly and securely. This transformation will empower people to maintain their health and manage chronic illness through continuous, unobtrusive monitoring. It will increase efficiency across the care continuum and enable the collection and integration of […]

Healthcare’s Fountain of Youth

The medical revolution is creating the prospect of much longer-- and healthier --lives. But achieving the full benefits requires better logistics.

Undeniably, aging populations, chronic diseases and ongoing constraints on public finances are presenting significant challenges to healthcare systems in Europe. The European Steering Group (ESG) on sustainable healthcare recently noted that to achieve sustainability of healthcare systems, a fundamental transformation is needed “from acute care to chronic care, from hospital dependency to integrated care across […]

Managing Cost in the Healthcare Supply Chain

What are the potential pitfalls costing you valuable savings? Part one of a two-part series.

Healthcare will consume 18 percent of U.S. GDP in 2015 and is projected to grow to 26 percent in 20 years’ time. In addition, all areas of the healthcare industry are becoming more competitive, whether big pharma, medical device manufacturers, healthcare retailers, or healthcare distributors. The simultaneous overall growth in healthcare overhead costs, as well […]