What is Fling?

Fling is an iPhone application that can be downloaded and used by any agency, group or organization to track patients from the beginning of any incident, accident or emergency through hospital admission. Fling tracks patients without the use of barcodes or any supplemental equipment. It is a novel approach to patient tracking that is simple to use, intuitive and quick.

For example, at an emergency incident where there are multiple patients, the first medical transport vehicle would likely care for the most serious patient and take that patient to the closest hospital. Once medical treatment is complete, this unit would use Fling to take a picture of the patient and Fling the information to a secure, cloud-based database.

Later, Fling data managers can verify the patient arrived as expected. At the hospital, medical care providers could take an additional picture of their patient and Fling the new data. Fling data managers would then be able to note multiple records for a single patient and link those records to create a complete track of patient movement.

In the fall of 2017, Fling was selected to participate in a technology assessment in New York City's Grand Central Station. The assessment was run by Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate’s National Urban Security Technology Laboratory and associated public safety entities. The Fling platform was successfully utilized by several operational elements in multiple locations, both within and outside Grand Central Terminal, to leverage the use of technology by first responders in critical incidents and realize real-time situational awareness on whereabouts of patients during mass casualty events. Read more about the exercise here.

Patient Tracking Issues

After-action reports from a number of mass-casualty incident is recent years have highlighted issues related to patient tracking. Learn more about those incidents and read the reports.

What data does Fling track?

Fling can track an unlimited number of patients and all data is stored in a secure, cloud-based database.

At a minimum, users can simply capture a photo of the patient. Along with the patient photo, Fling automatically adds location and time, as well as an auto-generated identification code.

If desired, the user can enter additional data such as the patient’s name, age range, gender, triage category, contact information, destination, and notes. Data can be typed or entered via the iPhone’s voice recognition capability.

How do I use Fling?

Fling supports three user roles, each with varying degrees of accessibility, capability, and use.

Flingers are the operational personnel that will be collecting and transmitting patient information to the cloud. These individuals need only download the Fling application and register as part of a Fling customer group. Once registered, all patient information will automatically be sent to the group’s dedicated web-based database. Flingers do not have access to the patient information in the database and once the patient information has been transmitted, the patient photo and information is erased from the phone.

Data Managers can access the group’s patient data via the Fling website. All data managers are assigned a unique, secure login. Data managers may view, search, and sort patient data and will soon be able to manipulate that data in order to minimize duplication of patient records.

Administrators coordinate implementation of Fling, create a passcode for the group and oversee all aspects of the system. Administrators can manage and revoke Flingers, coordinate new users and handle any issues or concerns. Like Data Managers, Administrators may view, search, and sort patient data and will soon be able to manipulate that data in order to minimize duplication of patient records.

Check out our FAQ page for answers to more questions about Fling.