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Dubai Health Authority adopts smart system to monitor cold chain

The smart system includes computer tablets, linked to medical refrigerators and refrigerator rooms, that will send text and email alerts when temperatures exceed the required limits

DHA has adopted a smart system to improve cold chain monitoring [image: WAM].
DHA has adopted a smart system to improve cold chain monitoring [image: WAM].

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has adopted a smart system to boost the monitoring of the cold chain of pharmaceutical drugs.

Drawing attention to the importance of an effective cold chain, DHA said that it is working towards ensuring the safe storage of pharmaceutical drugs.

Cold chain refers to a temperature-controlled supply chain that consists of an uninterrupted series of refrigerated production, storage, and distribution activities. The aim of these activities is to keep the low temperature that is typically required to maintain the quality of consumable goods like pharmaceuticals, according to UAE state news agency, WAM.

Quoting Dr Ali Al Sayed, director of the pharmaceutical services department at DHA, WAM noted that cold chain monitoring, especially in medication, is considered an important global issue and one of the biggest challenges that international health organisations face, as it directly affects the quality, safety, and the effectiveness of medication.

He said: "After conducting a series of studies on international practices in the field of smart medication management systems, the pharmaceutical services department adopted an international-standard smart system that monitors and tracks the temperatures of medication through the installation of smart devices and tablets that can be controlled and tracked electronically."

Dr Sayed noted that the smart system includes computer tablets, linked to medical refrigerators and refrigerator rooms, that will send text and email alerts when temperatures exceed the required limits.

"These tablets will register and document the temperature automatically and display data in a graph format that shows the correct temperature limits," he added.

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