Newswise — At University Hospitals (UH) patient safety is the highest priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, UH patients have an additional option to reduce the risk of virus transmission. PatientTrak is a virtual waiting room that enables the patient to communicate effectively with staff so they can arrive at their appointment on time while avoiding an in-person waiting room.

PatientTrak is not a traditional smartphone app and there is nothing for the patient to download. Patients receive a text with a link that alerts staff that they have arrived and enables real-time status updates and communication between staff and the patient. More than 10,000 patients used the tool across the UH system the first day it was implemented.

PatientTrak is an application that:

  • Provides patients with an appointment reminder via text 90 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment
  • Allows patients to remain safely in their vehicle instead of the waiting room
  • Sends a text notification when it is time to come in and be seen for their appointment

“This technology will prevent patients from waiting in our waiting rooms, helping us to further build the confidence of our patients that we are ‘UH Safe’ and a place where they can receive the best possible care,” said Danielle Chickerella, COO, UH Physician Network & Clinical Institutes.

PatientTrak comes in addition to other tools UH has already employed for health and safety including universal mask-wearing in its facilities, patient and caregiver screenings, physical distancing and handwashing.

This technology is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, but UH expects patients to enjoy its usefulness and convenience into the future.




About University Hospitals / Cleveland, Ohio Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 50 health centers and outpatient facilities, and 200 physician offices in 16 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, located in Cleveland’s University Circle, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The main campus also includes University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, a high-volume national referral center for complex cardiovascular procedures; and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and urology. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to Harrington Discovery Institute, part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development. UH is one of the largest employers in Northeast Ohio with 28,000 physicians and employees. Advancing the Science of Health and the Art of Compassion is UH’s vision for benefitting its patients into the future, and the organization’s unwavering mission is To Heal. To Teach. To Discover. Follow UH on LinkedIn, Facebook @UniversityHospitals and Twitter @UHhospitals. For more information, visit