Packaging University in Toronto
September 26-27th 2023
5 Healthcare Smart Packaging Trends to Watch
Smart packaging in healthcare is an emerging trend that leverages technology to improve patient safety, medication adherence, and supply chain efficiency. Here are some of the latest trends in smart packaging in healthcare:
- Temperature Monitoring: Temperature-sensitive drugs and vaccines require careful monitoring during transport and storage to ensure their efficacy. Smart packaging solutions can include temperature sensors that send alerts if the temperature deviates from the recommended range.
- RFID Tags: Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are small, wireless devices that can be embedded in packaging to provide real-time tracking and monitoring of medication and medical devices throughout the supply chain.
- QR Codes: Quick Response (QR) codes can be printed on medication packaging to provide patients with information on dosages, side effects, and drug interactions. QR codes can also be used to help healthcare providers and pharmacists verify the authenticity of the medication.
- Interactive Packaging: Interactive packaging includes elements such as lights, sounds, and vibrations to remind patients to take their medication on time. These packaging solutions can also provide feedback to healthcare providers on medication adherence.
- Smart Labels: Smart labels can include printed sensors that detect changes in temperature, humidity, and other environmental factors that can impact the efficacy of medication. These labels can also include tamper-evident features to ensure the medication has not been opened or tampered with.
Overall, smart packaging in healthcare is a rapidly evolving field that is focused on improving patient safety, medication adherence, and supply chain efficiency. As technology continues to advance, we can expect to see even more innovative smart packaging solutions in the future.
Pharmaceutical Smart Packaging refers to packaging that has been designed to provide additional benefits beyond just containing and protecting the product inside. Smart packaging typically includes some form of technology, such as sensors, tracking systems, or indicators, that allow the packaging to perform a variety of functions. The most common forms of smart packaging deployed in the pharmaceutical industry are RFID labels, NFC Labels, Watermarks, QR codes and temperature Indicators.