New self-screening kiosks arrive on campus
A new method for COVID-19 temperature screening has arrived at the UT Health San Antonio campus —10 touchless kiosks to prepare for more faculty, staff, students and residents to return to campus and more patients to begin scheduling in-person appointments.
The kiosks do not require a human screener to operate, relieving the staffing required at conventional screening stations. Using the “self-serve” approach, these kiosks can take temperatures and recognize that users are wearing face masks before entering the building.
To get screened, users position their face within 18 inches of the screen. It takes less than a second to receive their temperature readings. Those who have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should follow the steps provided on signs placed next to the kiosks.
Installation of the kiosks began May 29. They will be placed at common entry points and travel routes throughout campus, including the School of Medicine building, Academic and Administration Building, the Professional Administrative Resource Center (PARC), Medical Arts and Research Center (MARC), Mays Cancer Center, the Center for Oral Health Care and Research and the South Texas Research Facility. Ten more kiosks are scheduled to arrive June 6.
Other entrances will continue to use screening stations staffed by volunteers.
Along with other safety measures already in place at the university, such as face masks and hand sanitizer dispensers, the kiosks enable faculty, staff, students, residents and patients to take responsibility for their own health, as well as protect the health of the community around them, said Yeman Collier, vice president and chief information officer.
“Fostering a culture of health awareness for the foreseeable future is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19,” he said. “Our patients and their families, coworkers, colleagues and the broader community look to UT Health San Antonio as a leader in health care, research and clinical guidance. We owe it to our constituency to lead the way in best health care practices as we navigate the current pandemic.”