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Now more than ever, cold storage is the key to safeguarding vaccine efficacy. Temperature-sensitive medications like the top COVID-19 vaccines require careful tracking since even the smallest deviation above approved storage temperatures can compromise their efficacy. However, even before the viral outbreak, labs struggled with the following cold storage tracking challenges:

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Increased patient volume has long been a prevalent issue in healthcare. With every flu season, hospitals nationwide have adapted and converted facilities to accommodate a swell of patients. While COVID-19 hospitalizations have been in a decline since mid-January, facilities still expect volume surges due to missed check-ups, delayed treatments, and mental health tolls suffered during the pandemic.

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An estimated 1 in every 2,326 blood specimens are inaccurately labeled, translating into a recurrent error risk once every two weeks for a standard-sized hospital.

Specimen and patient misidentification have been age-old issues in healthcare, stemming from a variety of shared issues such as:

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A mere five years ago, telehealth was slowly making its presence known, used by less than 20% of healthcare facilities in the U.S. However, during the coronavirus outbreak, that number skyrocketed 154% within the first weeks of April.

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Before the pandemic, new healthcare technologies such as telehealth and clinal mobile devices were already making an impact worldwide. However, now as we continue to move through unprecedented demands, the push for innovation has been superseded by the need for agile practicality. Results shared at the Becker’s 5th Annual Health IT + Revenue Cycle Conference indicate that healthcare facilities both big and small are still struggling with:

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