The primary challenge of tracking patients was not having a way to do it with enough
efficiency to keep the records current. If not for the scanners, the process would
otherwise be paper and pencil and in addition to the time for other paperwork, this
would have held up the patient flow. Using the Sydion eMET system has allowed us
to track patients using wrist bands and in addition to the ability to track their
movement throughout a facility or between facilities, we are able to capture other
demographic information, such as the timestamp, age, gender, what type of shot they
received, their age range, and zip code.
This information is then used to track where people come from, when we’re most busy,
and the age and gender groups most likely to come to our clinics. This has helped
us plan future events and plan the layout and staffing requirements. As a result
we have become very efficient at running flu clinics and this reduced the impact
of last year’s H1N1 outbreak.