Accession Number : ADA292291

Title :   Evaluation of A System For Tracking Patients At Forward Medical Treatment Facilities.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 93-Sep 94,

Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Galarneau, Michael R. ; Wilcox, Walter W.

PDF Url : ADA292291

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : An automated, prototype patient tracking system, designed for a forward Medical Treatment Facility (MTF), was developed and tested. The system, named MEDTRAK, was tested in a side-by-side comparative evaluation with the current manual method of patient tracking. Results of the evaluation showed that the MEDTRAK system admitted, identified, and tracked patients within the MTF significantly more accurately than the current manual system. Furthermore, the types of tracking errors produced by the manual system were found to be more detrimental to both the effective operation of the MTF and to the discharge of theater evacuation policy, than those produced by MEDTRAK. In addition to improved patient accountability, the MEDTRAK system reduced the administrative burden patient tracking placed upon medical personnel thereby, allowing them to perform clinical duties.

Descriptors :   *PATIENTS, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, FORWARD AREAS, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, POLICIES, TRACKING, PROTOTYPES, ERRORS, MILITARY MEDICINE, MANUAL OPERATION, MEDICAL PERSONNEL, EVACUATION, ACCOUNTABILITY.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE