Digital triage system aids disaster management

Posted On 08 Sep 2013
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Anoto, a digital writing technologies provider, and NTTData have announced the availability of NTTData’s Triage Tag System. It has been designed by NTTData and Anoto strategic partner Dai Nippon Printing for use during disaster situations, where triage teams need to send vital patient information to hospitals in order to determine appropriate care paths immediately for patients. The Triage Tag System digitises handwritten patient notes through the use of digital writing technologies. By turning handwritten information from first responders into typed data, the information can be quickly relayed from an ambulance or a scene of a disaster to the hospital, so that doctors can prepare for patients. The greater insight from the data allows doctors to better prepare and plan for triage space and treatment, before a patient is delivered to the hospital. The system was developed by NTTData and Mr Koichi Tanigawa, professor of Hiroshima University, Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. More than 20 triage training units are trialling the Anoto digital pen solution. The Triage Tag System has been implemented at major medical organisations and government authorities in Japan. The solution has been designed to save essential time during a disaster situation, where the number of patients is high and doctors need to have all the relevant information to hand before patients are delivered to the hospital. During a disaster, it is essential that first responders provide accurate information about victims, their injuries, where they are, where they need to be taken to for care and what care path they require to treat injuries. The information collected is automatically transmitted to a hospital network. ‘Rapid response is paramount in emergency and disaster situations,’ stated Kenji Yahagi of NTTData’s healthcare division. ‘Having the ability to accelerate the placement and treatment of patients in disaster zones with trained staff at local emergency centres will help save lives, as well as speed up the ability of emergency staff to prepare for inbound patients.’

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