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Trauma Centre TrackMi aids in Cyclone Lam recovery

An innovative device developed to keep track of patients in a disaster zone has been successfully used to help in the recovery in the wake of Cyclone Lam which affected parts of East Arnhem Land in the Top End of the Northern Territory in February.

TrackMi, developed by the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre and funded by the Federal Attorney-General's office since 2010, was originally developed to track patients in a disaster zone to allow for early medical resource allocation.

However TrackMi has many other uses beyond tracking patients - one of which is to monitor movements of people during cyclone evacuations and the recovery phase.

The device is using similar technology to supermarket tracking system - a person wears a simple wristband with a bar code, the bar code is scanned using a handheld device, assinged to a flight for evacuation and the information is logged into TrackMi including the time, flight number and time of departure. The technology is being used to help manage the catering resouces for evacuees at Camp Elcho in Galiwinku.

The NCCTRC has shared the techonology with every State and Territory and it has proved so cost-effective and efficient in trials it has attracted international interest.

TrackMi has been used to keep track of patients being moved from hospital to another on the Gold Coast, Perth and in the ACT.