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Norovirus at the Olympics Brings Food Safety Center Stage

The highly contagious winter stomach bug, norovirus, has hit the Olympic Village in Pyeongchang. With the Olympics set to start this week, hundreds of staff...

Written by Emily Dumas | February 8, 2018

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Connecting Your Enterprise: Plan Your Implementation Approach

We’re back for round two in a series offering practical advice to prepare your business for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). In this context, IIoT entails connecting and monitoring equipment, vehicles, and other hard assets within a company’s aggregated information network to enable additional organizational insights, efficiency, and control.

Written by TempAlert | February 21, 2018

Connecting Your Enterprise: Welcome to Industry 4.0

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), also known as Industry 4.0, has received a lot of media hype in recent years. This movement entails connecting and monitoring equipment, vehicles, and other hard assets within a company’s aggregated information network to enable additional organizational insights, efficiency, and control.

Written by TempAlert | February 14, 2018

Learn From Chipotle’s Mistakes: Proactive Food Safety for QSRs

When Chipotle opened its first restaurant in Denver almost 25 years ago, it set the standard for the modern Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) model. But what really distinguished the chain was its innovative mission, “Food With Integrity,” that tapped into the rising consumer demand for healthy, fresh, locally sourced food.

Written by TempAlert | February 13, 2018

Norovirus at the Olympics Brings Food Safety Center Stage

The highly contagious winter stomach bug, norovirus, has hit the Olympic Village in Pyeongchang. With the Olympics set to start this week, hundreds of staff members are being quarantined to their rooms to be tested for the virus and prevent the spread of the illness to the athletes and other individuals in the village.

Written by Emily Dumas | February 8, 2018

Food Safety

How to Create a Connected Pharmacy Using Digital Monitoring Solutions

Pharmacies have an obligation to store, deliver, and administer life-saving medications and vaccines. Since patients depend on them and costs are high, maintaining pharmaceuticals at their optimal temperature is paramount to both ensure their efficacy and minimize risk.

Written by TempAlert | February 7, 2018

Connectivity 101: It’s All in the Cloud

At TempAlert, we go beyond monitoring the temperature of your assets—we also monitor our own system of sensors to ensure that we get all of the temperature readings when they’re expected.

Written by Jheel Doshi | February 1, 2018

Here’s Why Continuous Monitoring Keeps Your Inventory Safe

Food safety and pharmaceutical storage are two applications where knowing the temperature of the storage area for a product is critical to ensuring its safety and viability. Produce will spoil quicker when it’s not cooled during storage, which can lead to quality issues in the freshness and taste of the final product.

Written by Jason Sroka | January 25, 2018

Highly Beneficial Technologies to Transform Your Pharmacy

Technology is causing swift transformations in the methods that pharmacies now use to manage and dispense drugs and medications. Advances in diagnostics, automation, and analytics help pharmacists provide better customer service, while also improving patient outcomes and logistical efficiency.

Written by TempAlert | January 18, 2018

The Top 11 Restaurant Innovations for 2018

Do you have any goals to make your company more innovative? Why not start with a technology upgrade? Thanks to social media (think Yelp and Instagram), customers have integrated technology into their dining experience—and they love it.

Written by TempAlert | January 17, 2018

New Year, New You: Produce Consumption Resolutions Call for Increased Commitment to Food Safety

As consumers resolve to eat healthier, temperature monitoring and digital food safety become even more critical.

Written by Ed Wogan | January 11, 2018

Pharmacy Safety

Let’s Assess Product Simulation vs. Defrost Cycle Filtering

Act with confidence based on actual product temperature.

We love to build new things, and we love to apply those capabilities to customer challenges. It takes time to get to know each customer’s challenge and to get to why they are interested in a remote monitoring solution.

Written by Dan Bachiochi | January 4, 2018

Connected Facility

TempAlert's Top Remote Monitoring Articles of 2017

Another year has come and gone, and IoT has allowed us to accomplish more than anyone ever thought possible. New technologies are revealed daily, making once complex tasks easier and more manageable. Disasters such as the hurricanes taught us at how important connectivity is to keeping people safe during emergency situations.

Written by TempAlert | December 28, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

TempAlert's Top Pharmacy Safety Articles of 2017

As 2017 is coming to a close, we wanted to take a look back at our top pharmacy blog articles of the year. This year, we have seen a rise in stricter regulations for storage and handling, stricter regulations for the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program, and a larger shift to continuous monitoring. Check out our top posts from 2017 as we move into the New Year!

Written by TempAlert | December 27, 2017

Food Safety

TempAlert's Top Food Safety Articles of 2017

2017 has been a busy year for restaurants and food retail! From outbreaks, recalls, acquisitions, and new regulations, the need for a strict food safety plan has never been higher. This year, many of the final FSMA laws went into effect, and even more are set to roll out in 2018.

Written by TempAlert | December 26, 2017

Food Safety

Keep Your Customers Happy Over the Holidays With Safely Prepared Foods

Holiday season traditionally meant home-cooked dinners — you know, Grandma’s braised brisket or Mom’s roast turkey with all the trimmings. This tradition is still alive for many households, but, as recent research data shows, times are changing. Busy and kitchen-phobic consumers are turning to supermarkets to prepare their holiday dinners with more frequency, from Christmas and Hanukkah to New Year’s Eve.

Written by TempAlert | December 20, 2017

Food Safety

This Year, Give Your Consumers the Gift of Food Safety

’Tis the season for holiday cheer, decorations, and, of course, presents. What better gift can be given than beautiful assortments of food? Giving food as holiday gifts has grown in popularity over the years, but ordering and delivering food as gifts introduces some food safety concerns. Is your business prepared to safely handle the influx of holiday orders this season?

Written by TempAlert | December 14, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Are You Prepared for the 2018 VFC Storage and Handling Requirements?

Beginning January 1, 2018, all Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers will be mandated to meet new storage and handling requirements. Are you prepared?

Written by Patty Kumbera | December 13, 2017

Connected Facility

How To Properly Document Alert Notifications for Temperature Excursions

We’d all like to think our refrigeration systems were always working perfectly, day and night, keeping our stocks safe for customers. The truth is that coolers and freezers can go out of range for a number of reasons, from those as simple as a defrost cycle or a door being left open to those as complicated as a fridge beginning to fail.

Written by Tara McNabb | November 29, 2017

Food Safety

Can You Tell the Difference Between HACCP and HARPC?

If you work in foodservice or food retail and have only a vague sense of the difference between HACCP and HARPC, you’re not alone. At first glance, HARPC requirements may look quite similar to HACCP, since they’re both food safety standards based on prevention. Where the plans differ is in execution. Let us clear up some of the confusion.

Written by TempAlert | November 22, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Here’s Why Pharmacies Need Continuous Ambient Temperature Monitoring

In an article in the New York Times, journalist Walecia Konrad reported a personal story concerning her 10-year-old son’s medication. While vacationing in New Hampshire during a heat wave, the boy’s allergies kicked up. As usual, she gave him a dose of an over-the-counter remedy that usually brings him quick relief. However, this time the drug had no effect—day after day.

Written by TempAlert | November 21, 2017

Food Safety

Prevent a Food Safety Disaster This Holiday Season With Remote Temperature Monitoring

For many consumers, the holiday season means celebratory meals centered around meat, poultry, and seafood: Think Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas roast beef, Hanukkah brisket, and New Year’s Eve shrimp cocktail. To meet increasing demand, grocery stores and supermarkets will be stocking larger volumes of these raw foods than they usually do the rest of the year.

Written by TempAlert | November 14, 2017

Connected Facility

3 Real-world Situations That Require a Continuous Monitoring System

If your stores are still using paper logs to monitor temperature, you may not have a full understanding of how your equipment affects your products. With traditional twice-daily temperature logging, there’s no way to know what’s happening inside of coolers and freezers throughout the day.

Written by Genevieve Shattow | November 8, 2017

Food Safety

Why Micromarkets Need Continuous Temperature Monitoring

Refrigeration, one of the distinguishing and valuable features of micromarkets, raises safety issue for perishable foods. We’ve examined the growth potential of this innovative vending concept, as well as its benefits for both consumers and operators, but continuous temperature monitoring is imperative to safe and efficient deployment.

Written by TempAlert | November 2, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Remote Monitoring Is Key For Insight Into Drug Shortages In Puerto Rico

The hurricane season of 2017 has been one for the record books, and it’s only half over. Harvey and Irma both made landfall in the U.S. as Category 4 hurricanes—the first time this has occurred in the Atlantic since 1851. Both were then followed by Jose, yet another Category 4.

Written by TempAlert | November 1, 2017

Connected Facility

Why Temperature Monitoring Device Placement is Critical

When installing continuous temperature monitoring systems for food and medication safety initiatives, device placement should be at the very top of your list of considerations. This decision requires careful thought, and in-field testing and proofs of concept can definitely benefit the process. Here’s why:

Written by Dave Raymond | October 12, 2017

Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season

Disasters like the recent hurricanes can be costly for companies that rely on power to keep their products protected. Using both temperature and power outage data, our pharmacy clients were able to assess both product and revenue loss in ways that allowed them to continue to assist patients to the best of their best ability. We evaluated power outages across 1,200 locations we monitor in Florida to generate a...

Written by Genevieve Shattow | September 27, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

How Different Agencies Help to Set Temperature Monitoring Standards

Pharmacy temperature compliance is inherently complex. That probably doesn’t come as a surprise. But, there’s a historical reason for this complexity. Currently, at least four different regulatory and non-regulatory bodies govern all of those rules and regulations: USP, CDC, FDA and State Boards of Pharmacy. Not only that, but the rules, regulations, and guidelines are constantly evolving.

Written by TempAlert | September 21, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

3 Essential Considerations When Evaluating Temperature Monitoring Systems

Digital temperature monitoring systems are the way of the future. The days of manual monitoring are coming to a close. Quite simply, a clipboard system can’t compete with remote, continuous, automatic, wireless technology. But, if you’re thinking of adopting a digital system, it may seem a bit daunting, given the so many different technologies on the market.

Written by TempAlert | September 6, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Interactive Pharmacy Temperature Compliance Map

In our previous blog posts, we discussed the industry’s move toward continuous monitoring, and its benefits beyond compliance. Since the guidelines are changing so rapidly, we partnered with Bula Intelligence to create an interactive tool that allows you to see a state-by-state overview of temperature compliance rules and recommendations for medications and vaccines. Let’s take a closer look.

Written by Patty Kumbera | August 31, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

5 Benefits of Continuous Monitoring Beyond Compliance

In our last post, we presented an overview of the US regulatory landscape and a comparison of manual and digital monitoring systems. We demonstrated how continuous temperature monitoring is a more proactive approach than a paper-based/clipboard system, and much more likely to meet compliance standards accurately as they change over time.

Written by Patty Kumbera | August 16, 2017