Anticipating a potential second surge of COVID-19 cases in the fall and winter, hospitals are working to prepare for and mitigate the spread of the virus.
CarePoint Health has announced the installation of Zyter ThermalAlert, a smart thermal scanning and imaging system for automated, accurate, mass temperature screening, at its three Hudson County hospitals: Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital in Jersey City, and Hoboken University Medical Center.
Non-contact and efficient
Zyter ThermalAlert is a thermal imaging system that delivers continuous, non-contact temperature monitoring in real time. The system can measure the body temperature of up to six people simultaneously within the temperature detection zone from a distance of up to 20 feet.
“Along with COVID free zones, these cameras will decrease the exposure to COVID as well as speed up the process of entering the hospital as we continue scheduling elective surgeries,” said Dr. Achintya Moulick,CEO of CarePoint Health.
According to Dr. Moulick, leveraging technology at the time of the pandemic is an additional method to protect against the infection.
“Temperature scanning systems provide fast and reliable results on easy-to-read digital screens and allow us to triage every visitor and employee who enters one of our three facilities, creating another layer of safety for our patients and staff,” said Dr. Vijay Singh, Chief Hospital Executive at Bayonne Medical Center.
The system has a detection time of less than one second and accuracy of plus or minus 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
Smart alerts from thermal imaging cameras are sent instantly to medical staff or security personnel monitors, computers, or mobile devices. Individuals with abnormal temperature readings will be redirected to a different location for additional testing or care.
“This technology is an innovative tool that will help us ensure safety in the face of COVID-19,” said Dr. Tucker Woods, Christ Hospital Chief Medical Officer. “It is unique because it has a large area of detection and allows non-contact quick body temperature screening of patients, visitors, and employees.”
The 12 cameras will be distributed among the three facilities and placed in strategic locations to mitigate the risk for everyone coming to the hospitals.
“ThermalAlert can be deployed in less than 48 hours and provides an efficient and unobtrusive solution for screening thousands of people while minimizing staff resources and risk,” said Sanjay Govil, founder and chairman of Zyter, Inc.
The Zyter core platform is HIPAA, FedRAMP, FISMA, GDPR, PHIPA, and PIPEDA compliant. Zyter ThermalAlert is currently deployed at a military treatment facility and at retail, commercial healthcare, and transportation facilities nationwide. It has also been used at live events and entertainment facilities.
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