About 50 hospitals currently use sensor technology from electronic hygiene tracking platform developer SwipeSense to monitor whether staff are washing their hands when they enter and exit patient rooms, and to keep tabs on expensive equipment like wheelchairs.
The Covid-19 pandemic has extended the technology's application to contact tracing, with sensors added to employees' badges to monitor their movements.
If a staffer is diagnosed with the virus, SwipeSense allows hospital administrators to ascertain retroactively who might have been in close proximity to the infected individual, and take remedial steps.
The SwipeSense platform safeguards privacy by not tracking individuals throughout the day, or outside of patient rooms.
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