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‘World first’ touchless triage kiosk used for screening COVID-19 Featured

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Melbourne based technology solution provider Elenium Automation has implemented a multifunctional health screening device for COVID-19 and other potential illnesses using a claimed “world first” touchless triage kiosk.

The trial with Nagambie HealthCare, a regional hospital and aged care provider in Victoria, is being conducted in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and enables Nagambie HealthCare employees, visitors and contractors to “quickly and effortlessly self-assess their vital health signs, including temperature, respiratory and heart rates at a safe distance before permitted entry”.

During the trial, if a health sign concern is detected the kiosk will immediately link the user via a video call to a triage nurse for further assessment - eliminating contact between staff and visitors during the process, and allow the user, in this incidence, to avoid entry into the Nagambie HealthCare precinct.

Technology used in the Nagambie HealthCare trial includes:

  • Touchless control of a device using voice recognition
  • Touchless control of a device using head movement control
  • Touchless vital sign detection including temperature, respiratory and heart rates
  • Video linking the kiosk user to the Nagambie HealthCare on-duty triage nurse.

Nagambie HealthCare is a community owned health service which jointly operates a hospital, aged care and medical centre within a rural health complex in Nagambie, 140km north of Melbourne.

Speaking at the technology’s launch on Friday, Nagambie HealthCare CEO and Director of Nursing Bronwyn Beadle said Nagambie was a perfect place for the trial.

“As a rural health and aged care facility we have ensured a focus on maintaining restricted visits as opposed to ‘lockdown’ which has created significant resource challenges in screening all those who access our services. To enable this restriction, we have created a single user entry and exit for care recipients, employees and visitors with sizeable people movements through our doors each day,” Beadle said.

“The technology in the kiosk will markedly reduce the resources required to undertake screening and will enable us to trial the assessment and triaging of people entering our facility during its round-the-clock operation. It is such an innovative and exciting opportunity for us as a rural health service, with an enormous potential public health benefit and added peace of mind for our employees, in-patients and more importantly our residents.”

Elenium Automation CEO Aaron Hornlimann said the location of the kiosk within Nagambie HealthCare was an excellent destination to effectively monitor the intersection of public health provision, patient supervision and triaging staff and visitors with the technology to maintain a COVID-19 free environment.

Hornlimann said the solution would lay the basis for hospital and aged care facilities to explore future take-up of the low-cost, efficient and self-managed technology.

“We will recover from COVID-19, but circumstances will not remain the same and increased attention to effective and efficient health screening will be increasingly sought after. The kiosk’s touchless detection screening technology is adaptable, well suited to the times and applicable to different controlled access settings in addition to medical and aviation environments.”

Hornlimann said. Elenium’s patent-pending technology has been developed in partnership with Amazon Web Services and is part of a broader solution the Melbourne-based technology provider has developed in response to the COVID-19 virus.

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Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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