WHO approves IkAS vaccine temperature monitoring solution

The World Health Organization has approved Ikhaya Automation Systems’ vaccine temperature monitoring solution.

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The World Health Organization has approved Ikhaya Automation Systems’ vaccine temperature monitoring solution. Not only is this a major milestone for our business, but for the international perception of products and services sourced from Africa. Vaccine temperature monitoring is critical to bringing countries out of the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What does it mean to be WHO-approved?

To be WHO-approved means that any healthcare business in the world, subscribing to the strictest standards set out by the World Health Organization, can completely trust and depend on the products and services provided by Ikhaya Automation Systems. More information on our specific certification is available on our website.

Which vaccine temperature monitor is WHO-approved?

Ikhaya Automation Systems’ VM1000 has received accreditation from the World Health Organization, for its performance, safety and quality. This makes it a highly effective and credible temperature monitoring tool; essential for every healthcare facility that’s currently manufacturing, storing and transporting vaccines.

How does WHO approval help healthcare businesses?

Receiving approval from the World Health Organization adds another seal of approval to the products and services we provide to healthcare businesses around the world. We’re committed to supporting the global effort to overcome COVID-19 and the risks presented by other infectious diseases, like HIV, where vaccine research is constantly reaching new milestones. Verifying our approval by the WHO removes the precious time and effort required to manually conduct due diligence on the products you trust, to help you meet your quality standards.

Where can you find the approved temperature monitors?

Ikhaya Automation Systems has a global footprint. Despite being headquartered in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, our international team services healthcare businesses around the world. All you need to do is contact us through our website, and we’ll respond to let you know how quickly we can help you set up the right temperature monitoring solution for your business.

Who needs WHO-approved vaccine temperature monitors?

United Nations organisations, non-profit organisations and all scales and niches of healthcare facilities can benefit greatly from using Ikhaya Automation Systems’ WHO-approved vaccine temperature monitors:

  • Reduce maintenance costs: installing vaccine temperature monitors in production, storage and transport environments reduces the need for maintenance and service checks at short intervals, improving operational uptime to produce and distribute vaccines effectively and in good time to prevent and control epidemics and pandemics.
  • Improve internal transparency: monitoring vaccine temperatures in real time heightens any manager’s understanding of exactly what’s happening within the business at any point in time. Customisable alerts allow all appropriate team members to intervene long before serious issues emerge, and teams can work toward proactive facility management rather than losing money through a lack of visibility, and reactive repair work.
  • Maintain funding streams: using the VM1000 keeps your business in line with global best practice and the highest standards of quality, performance and safety, as outlined in our WHO approval certificate. If your non-profit or research organisation depends on criteria-based funding, you’ll be able to keep your funding streams open so you can continue your life-saving work: developing, manufacturing, storing and distributing vaccines to the communities depending on you.

How will WHO-approval help to address COVID-19?

Vaccine temperature monitoring is, in itself, an exact science. The chemical sensitivity of the vaccine substrate is so high that a few tenths of a degree in temperature difference can radically alter the efficacy of the vaccine. With COVID-19 being confronted through extensive vaccination drives by many countries around the world, it becomes critical that companies researching, manufacturing, storing and transporting COVID-19 vaccines invest in this technology to make sure that no effort is wasted. 

Do COVID-19 vaccines have specific temperature needs?

Thus far, research and production facilities of COVID-19 vaccines have released various statements about the temperature sensitivity of COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccine falls into a category of medical interventions which in some cases must constantly be kept at ‘ultra-low’ temperatures. Since medical freezers and transportation vessels around the world are calibrated differently, it has never been more critical to monitor the temperature at every step of the process, from research laboratories to clinics and hospitals where people will be going to receive their vaccines.

How are the monitors linked to global COVID-19 responses?

Temperature monitors, placed effectively throughout the research, production, distribution and administrative facilities of COVID-19 vaccines, enable real-time monitoring and intervention where and when necessary, to make sure that no batch of vaccines spoils or loses efficacy. As a result of this, budgets set aside for confronting the pandemic are protected and funds can be allocated to where they are most needed, instead of reproducing vaccine doses to replace ones that have spoiled.

What happens after installing a vaccine temperature monitor?

Ikhaya Automation Systems is a full-service organisation. We help our clients in the healthcare industry assess their needs and priorities for temperature monitoring, before we install the equipment. Once equipment is in place, we assist with calibration for specific company, product and environmental needs, then guide the transition to using our real-time temperature monitoring dashboard.

Once your vaccine temperature monitors are installed, and your data is visible in the dashboard, your staff are able to check in on your products and areas of your facility and operation in just a few clicks. The average lifespan of a single monitor currently averages at ten years, and our service level agreements accommodate for regular audits of equipment calibration. 

Can you generate reports on your vaccine temperatures?

Yes. There are system-generated reports which you can also configure for your needs, to build upon your existing audit trails and documentation, saving you time from doing this manually. The interactive dashboard offers many useful features and data representations to accelerate and maintain your compliance status.

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