This is the fourth topic in my six-part Vaccine Supply Chain Futures series (Please see the attached file for the full text) focused on the introduction of a system of remote temperature monitoring integrated with equipment maintenance management.
Remote temperature monitoring systems represent an opportunity for a system-wide improvement in the performance of equipment maintenance and consequently, more reliable vaccine distribution. Remote temperature monitoring automatically transmits data to a central server where it is analysed and disseminated to managers. This is a significant step forward compared to stand-alone temperature recording in each refrigerator. It replaces manual recording and paper reporting systems that have always suffered from lack of compliance and inaccuracy due to incomplete, delayed and faulty data aggregation.
Remote Temperature Monitoring is a means to:
- Supervise health facilities to maintain correct storage temperatures,
- Track the efficiency of equipment maintenance at local level,
- Country wide data on the performance in use of each model will inform the choice of equipment for procurement to maximize reliability,
- Suitably anonymous versions of the country data will be used at international level to inform equipment manufacturers and regulatory experts on the rates of failure and their principal causes.
Please reply to this post with your views and I would be grateful if you could answer just four questions in this SurveyMonkey:
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Please see the attached file for the full text.