Patient Tracking System
According to a study by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, 48% of hospital administrators say their hospital fails more than half the time to meet the goal of admitting patients from the ED within two hours of arrival. There is a clinical need to optimize inpatient throughput in order to enhance patient access and ensure the safety of quality of patients within the emergency department. We developed trackER to centralize bed management and automate patient placement. Patient records from the hospital are synced into trackER in order to place patients into rooms based on severity of pathology and indicated treatment plan. Through this patient throughput management software, we believe that care providers will have increased visibility of patient flow and can decrease unnecessary patient wait times.
How is trackER different from the patient throughput management softwares recently launched into market? Our interface is user friendly and customizable, with a simple layout that overcomes the large learning curve that care providers face with new software. The home page lists the notifications of vacant bed spaces matched with the patient assigned to the space. These notifications minimize the need to communicate with other departments and expedite the treatment process. The home page also points to four options: a map of the departments with corresponding available rooms; a list of the patients within the ED where the next proposed treatment steps can be assigned; a queue of the waiting patients per department; and a button to print a report of statistical benchmarks for inpatient throughput.
We analyzed current issues and decided which process flow would be beneficial to care providers. We used mySQL for databases, html for user interface, and php for integration. All of the coding was new to us so we were happy to embrace the challenges and collaborate to show you our … trackER!