@ HOME CARE: Secure, anti-counterfeiting logistics via OpticalLock Inc
At home testing and care have exploded given the accelerator of the pandemic. As demand increases at mach speed, the design for self-care at home must be coupled with the secure storage, transport, and delivery of medical products.
By George I’ons, head of product strategy and insights at Owen Mumford Pharmaceutical Services
“Staff shortages, financial pressure and a growing ageing population are the three key drivers pushing forwards the current trend of self-administration of injections for patients suffering from chronic illnesses. By 2060, there will be over 95 million Americans aged 65 and over – nearly double today’s number- and with old age comes greater likelihood of chronic illnesses.”1
Addressing the comfort factor of home care will translate into consumers following medical advice and carries with it the need for assurance of authentic goods whether it’s a one-way delivery of a prescribed COVID-19 test or a two-way medical sample.
“Part of the underlying reason self-administration has increased in recent years is the wave of biological therapies entering the market, which are specifically suited to treatment by subcutaneous injection for patients with chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis given that they require frequent and regular injections. When not required to make frequent trips to the clinic and rely on the expertise of nurses, patients are empowered to play a bigger part in their own treatment and disease management, which they can more easily fit around their personal lives.”
According to an article from MDDIONLINE, COVID-19 has super-charged telemedicine: “The need for delivery of care in atypical locations has pre-existed COVID,” Ian Meredith, MD, global CMO and an executive vice president at Boston Scientific. “With the aging of the population and the rise of non-communicable diseases, it was becoming increasingly clear that the traditional models of healthcare delivery needed to change to adapt to this aging population with multiple non-communicable diseases. COVID has simply accelerated some of those changes that we knew were coming.
According to an article by Piotr Sokolowski regarding the new normal for healthcare, “The COVID-19 pandemic brought much-needed change to healthcare delivery practically overnight, as the increased risks from hospital visits saw many healthcare professionals move care from clinics to the comfort of patients’ homes. But truth be told, COVID-19 was just a spark that accelerated a movement that was already well underway. Policymakers across the world had already been pressing ahead in legislation to allow doctors to prescribe digital health treatments and administer solutions at home. The reasons driving the movement are bigger, more systemic, and longer-lasting than the current pandemic: put simply, poor access, a lack of flexibility, and a dependence on brick-and-mortar facilities have made the costs and processes of traditional healthcare delivery unsustainable.”
Enter the technology of IoT or Internet of Things applied by OpticalLock Inc. which provides asset monitoring and security systems for high-value goods being stored or while being transported. Counterfeiting, loss and theft are all common problems in day-to-day logistics but are also “… a global problem — and a growing one. In 2016, international trade in counterfeit and pirated products hit $500 billion, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). By 2022, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) predicts it will drain $4.2 trillion from the global economy.”
Couple the business problems counterfeiting causes with the healthcare implications of at home care and it points directly to the need to fully embrace the security systems OpticalLock Inc. provides. Together, we harness the power of science, technology, and innovation to make lives better.
1 Population Reference Bureau (PRB), Fact Sheet: Aging in the United States, July 2019, https://www.prb.org/aging-unitedstates-fact-sheet/