Rockwell Automation, Inc is donating its Arena Simulation Software to nonprofit organisations, governmental organisations, and public health partners to plan COVID-19 vaccination clinics in their communities. The software can be used to monitor patient flow, staffing, shift changes, and maintenance of social distancing guidance for patients in queue.
A nonprofit health system will use the donated software to help manage more than 30 vaccination clinics with several planned in Wisconsin, and a public health department will use the software to plan future vaccination efforts in northeastern Ohio. Conversations with other healthcare providers are ongoing.
“We recognise this software is a potential game changing tool in helping our healthcare partners to better address supply and staffing needs, and ultimately help expedite the vaccination process,” said Patricia Contreras, vice president of public affairs for Rockwell Automation. “We look forward to joining forces with more hospitals, health departments and other community organisations to help as many people as possible get vaccinated safely, efficiently, and quickly.”
At the start of the pandemic, Northwell Health in New York and ChristianaCare in Delaware both used Arena to manage COVID-19 inpatient care. The software is ideal for vaccine clinic planning because it helps decision-makers understand the flow of systems and the constraints of resources in an environment where every day might bring a different scenario.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Friday, 12 March, more than 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered, with 13.5% of adults US population now fully vaccinated. As vaccine supplies change and more people gain access to schedule a vaccination, better and more efficient tools will be needed to support vaccine distribution.
Arena Simulation has been used in healthcare for more than 30 years, helping hospitals and health care systems to plan for improved patient flow and realise cost efficiencies.