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COVID-19 Patient Self-Screener Tool Helps Keep Staff and Patients Safe

COVID-19 Patient Self-Screener Tool Helps Keep Staff and Patients Safe

A new patient screening tool developed at Johns Hopkins is helping staff and patients stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Developed by the Johns Hopkins Technology Innovation Center (TIC) and the Epic Support Team, the Patient Self-Screener allows patients to confirm whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms before arriving for appointments and procedures.

While Johns Hopkins has been screening patients and visitors at entry points throughout the pandemic, the impetus to create the Patient Self-Screener tool occurred on May 6 when Gov. Larry Hogan announced that ambulatory clinics could reopen to nonurgent care, but required patients be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before or at arrival.

“We all recognize the challenge of the volume of patients who come to our facilities, and having to stop and ask all of them questions at the doors was going to be cumbersome as we tried to return back to some of our normal volumes,” says Manisha Loss, medical director of ambulatory services for The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

To prevent bottlenecks and limit interactions that could potentially expose staff to a patient with COVID-19 symptoms, Loss reached out to colleagues at the TIC for help. Two weeks later they provided a prototype.

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