In a February press release, company officials announced that QuickTake Health was one of the start-ups chosen by LG Electronics’ North American Innovation Center (NOVA), for its “Mission for the Future,” a global search for companies with innovative concepts and transformative solutions that provide a positive impact on people and planet, to come explore collaboration opportunities with LG NOVA.
QuickTake Health was founded in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 2021 by Dr. John Noble, orthopaedic surgeon and Chief Medical Officer, and Rand Ragusa, Company President. During the pandemic, Ragusa had worked for a company that provided digital thermal temperature reading kiosks at medical office entrances across the state after the COVID19 shutdown in 2020. This seamless process led him to consider about how other vital sign data, such as height,
weight, and blood pressure, could possibly be collected in the same automated, efficient way using technology.
“Our goal was to build a quicker, smarter way to document vital signs and improve the patient experience,” said Dr. Noble. “We have put a lot of processes in place at Center for Orthopaedics to increase our personal interaction with patients, but we were often delayed waiting on vital signs to be entered into the patient record. The idea of creating a digital, one-stop station that could capture the health data we – and all medical offices – need seemed long overdue.”
Research shows that 56% of a health workers’ time in a normal work week is spent on administrative tasks rather than caring for patients. Pen and paper still play a big role in
data entry, even though the COVID-19 pandemic has forced healthcare organizations to adapt to new technology. In addition, ongoing shortages of skilled frontline workers heighten many types of risks, including medical errors.
“We knew there had to be a better solution; a way to automate the workflow for vital sign collection,” said Ragusa.
The QuickTake system is powered by advanced camera technology, biometric sensors, and EHR (electronic health record) integration. A patient simply steps onto the QuickTake platform and their vital signs are instantly collected and transferred directly to their medical record.