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Fighting COVID-19, it’s not just public health, it’s logistics war

We are at war. Wars tend to be far away from home. But now, all humanity is fighting (or will fight very soon) from their own homes. Follow public health indications like #stayAtHome will make us win. There are not enough hospital beds to process the demand that Coronavirus generates. There is no country prepared for such an increase in the demand for critical patients. Then, doctors have to choose, who lives and who dies. If you don’t want to play Russian Roulette, my advice, stay at home. You will reduce the chances of playing a very dangerous game these days. 


Why is this not just a health problem?

This thread it’s making people change their normal patterns. In many countries, fear is making irrational decisions. We’ve seen people buying toilet paper for the rest of their lives. Fear makes people act in ways we couldn’t imagine. Fear saved us the last few millions of years from being eaten by a lion. Fear will save us (Spanish).


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Pic: CordonPress

The good think of this crisis is that people are getting aware of the importance of supply-chain in their lives. No trucks mean no toilet paper. That can’t happen, period. But in a period of time where demand spikes, normal ways of doing logistics tend to not satisfy the needed demand.

These moments require help, which requires tools that make the life of the warehouses easier, more reliable and able to adapt to unexpected events that for sure will happen again. The real question is when will this happen again. We just have to start getting used to it.

Everything is a logistics problem

Not just the supermarket logistics are important. But health logistics is key for maintaining human life expectancy. We’re talking fulfillment of basic materials, from serum to pills going through the laundry. Hospitals are complex production lines where people enter ill and leave healed.

A few weeks ago, I was talking with one of the innovation managers of the ICS (Institut Català de la Salud – Catalan Institute of Health) about the future of hospitals. He told me, that hospitals as we understand them today, are going to change a lot. There is a huge trend in the health of moving patients from big and expensive hospitals, where they tend to stay for longer periods, to home as fast as possible. Not just because is cheaper for public health (40% savings) but because studies demonstrate that staying at home improves the people recovery

These benefits generate a new logistics challenge. Making your health team mobile. The main difference between a delivery company and Hospitality at Home is the cost of the employees. The cost of a driver is relatively cheap, but a medical team of a doctor, nurse and medical supplies it’s not comparable. So every minute you can save them, on their travels, planning… is a minute you can treat more patients. Productivity is not going to be like having them in the hospital door next to the door, but as much as we could optimize their routes, the less they are going to waste traveling.

But how is fighting COVID-19?

Like any good story, we have the bad guy: Coronavirus. The good ones: medical teams. The problem, the bad guy is winning the battle. The secret weapon: If you don’t know us, we help companies with last-mile logistics processes to optimize their routes while learning how their operations behave to improve next-day operations. Our objective is to make your last-mile operations as efficient and as realistic as possible to make proper decisions. We have a mantra:

Machine solve problems, humans make decisions

Hospital at Home teams from Hospital Sant Joan de Déu is fighting this villain. Our technology allows them to focus on what’s important, treating their patients the best way they can while protecting others from being infected by staying at home. We take care of their planning making it as efficient as possible in seconds.

We’re just going to win this war

if we stay at home

winning a war was never so easy

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