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Inventory Visibility Using Radio-Frequency Identification Tags and Near-Field Communication

Mitesh Thakkar and Harsh Shetty of Arthify Inc. in the U.S. will use radio-frequency identification tags (RFID) on vaccine packages that can be detected by near-field communication (NFC) now found on most smartphones to better track vaccines and improve supply chains in developing countries. They will develop an application for health workers to automatically read the tags and store the data in a cloud, which can then be used to take inventories. They will also build a website so that the data can be easily monitored by supply chain managers to analyze performance and predict demand. They will test their platform for accuracy, feasibility, and cost in a network of 20 primary health centers with 100 sub-centers.

More information about Health Systems Strengthening: Ensuring Effective Health Supply Chains (Round 19)

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