New tech at OSMH will cut some COVID-19 testing paperwork entry by half

Handheld units collect info directly from health card, avoiding manual data entry

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) has some new hardware that could increase its capacity to run COVID-19 tests.

The Couchiching COVID-19 Assessment Centre at OSMH has obtained some handheld devices that allow for the creation of digitized COVID-19 lab requisitions. It’s called an important first step forward in improving the quality and performance of end-to-end testing. “As the demand for testing increases, this new technology enables us to increase our capacity allowing us to complete more tests each day,” said Carmine Stumpo, OSMH President and CEO.

Alanna Cohen, a nurse at the Couchicing COVID-19 Assessment Centre shows the handheld device. Image courtesy OSMH

These new handheld units can help hospital staff collect a patient’s information by scanning their health card or driver’s license, capturing everything needed for a digital lab requisition. It is expected this will help reduce manual data entry for staff by half, while making the necessary forms more legible.

OSMH is among the first Assessment Centres in Ontario to adopt the new electronic model.

Feature image courtesy Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital