The Costs of Vaccine Loss
There had been several occasions where moving the vaccines couldn’t be accomplished in a timely manner. As a result, they were no longer viable for patients, Dr. Ferra added. Lost vaccines also meant lost revenue and could have threatened their participation in the federal Vaccines for Children Program (VFC), he said. Something needed to change, so Dr. Ferra, along with CEO Jess Montoya, went to the consortium’s leadership after seeing a demo of this new and innovative system. “We brought the issue to our Board of Directors and they agreed that the AccuVax was a necessary investment,” Dr. Ferra said.
Eliminating Waste and Preventing Loss
Since installing the AccuVax across all seven clinics, Dr. Ferra is happy to report they’ve had no excursions or loss of products. The system safeguards against expired vaccines being administered and includes an audit trail for each dose to ensure every immunization is captured accurately.
Protecting Vaccines and Patients
With AccuVax 24/7 remote monitoring service, Dr. Ferra says it’s been a game changer to know that someone else is keeping an eye on the clinics’ vaccine inventory and temperatures.
Another key difference is that because of the AccuVax’s unique door-less design, gone are the days of frequently opening and closing freezer or refrigerator doors that can invariably cause the internal temperature to rise. The AccuVax consistently keeps each vaccine at its ideal temperature, ensuring integrity of every dose.
It’s been a high-value return on their efforts to help ensure members of their tribes are protected. American Indians are affected by infectious diseases such as influenza, pertussis, and hepatitis at much higher rates than other racial/ethnic groups.
Efficiently Managing Vaccines and Time
Using AccuVax it’s also been much easier to make sure vaccines are always available. With AccuVax’s large storage capacity – holding 684 vaccines in the refrigerated portion and 72 in the freezer – and its automatic inventory management tools, you always have accurate, instantaneous visibility of your vaccine inventory. In addition, AccuVax automatically separates VFC and private vaccines and rotates stock to ensure the next expiring vaccine is always dispensed first.
The AccuVax has meaningfully improved efficiencies across all of their clinic sites. Because AccuVax automates 7 of 10 activities in the CDC’s VFC Operations Guide, they were able to refocus resources on patient care instead of counting vaccines or recording temperatures.
“It saves time and takes the human factor out of it,” says Dr. Ferra. “They’re able to process the stock much quicker than they were able to before. Each tray carries one immunization. So, it takes the guesswork out of what you’re looking for. You tap the machine and tell it this vaccine is what you want, and it basically drops it in your hand.”
The AccuVax System also provides customized user alerting. These real-time alerts are sent to staff about power outages, low inventory, as well as expired and soon-to-expire vaccines.
“What’s really great is that we’ll also receive the alert ‘Hey, you’re back on full power,’ so we don’t have to drop everything when power losses happen. We have at least 15 hours to respond with these alerts and the included battery backup, it gives people time to plan,” Dr. Ferra said.
Delivering Peace of Mind
AccuVax is designed to be intuitive and easy to use with minimal training. The learning curve with new staff is incredibly short, and the chances of picking the wrong vaccine has been virtually eliminated. With this system, customers also gain a partner in monitoring and managing their vaccines for their communities.