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Using technology to improve lab logistics — Medically Necessary

How tech can save precious time with sensitive materials

Medically Necessary is a podcast by Matt Blois about the health care supply chain — how we get drugs, devices and medical supplies to health care providers and patients.

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On this episode of Medically Necessary, Matt Blois dives into how BOXLOCK is making time less of a problem for the delivery of biological specimens. 

Blois talks to Andew Kelley, BOXLOCK’s chief commercial officer, about how the pandemic has accelerated growth in the health care logistics industry and forced labs and health care providers to be more efficient.

BOXLOCK wants to use technology to improve lab logistics by using barcode tracking to generate datasets about access to time-sensitive samples. BOXLOCK got its start as a way to stop thieves from stealing packages off residential porches but has since expanded into health care. 

The technology has been particularly useful for the diagnostic lab industry, and BOXLOCK says it can help labs make those pickups more efficient. 

You can find more Medically Necessary episodes and recaps for all our live podcasts here.

Kaylee Nix

Kaylee Nix is a meteorologist and reporter for FreightWaves. She joined the company in November of 2020 after spending two years as a broadcast meteorologist for a local television channel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kaylee graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2018 and immediately made the Tennessee Valley her home. Kaylee creates written summaries of FreightWaves live podcasts and cultivates the social media for FreightWaves TV.