Infrared Camera Use at VUMC

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has implemented the use of infrared cameras as a means of non-contact temperature measurement for employees, patients and visitors.

Infrared cameras detect the infrared energy emitted, transmitted or reflected by all materials at temperatures above absolute zero, (0°Kelvin) and converts the energy factor into a temperature reading.

“We currently have eight cameras, but we are expecting to implement up to 20 in the Medical Center, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and One Hundred Oaks,” said Dave Andrews, director of Guest Services.

Infrared cameras are preferable to temporal thermometers that have been in use at the Medical Center’s screening stations because they can capture multiple readings at once, more efficiently and less invasively, Andrews said.

VUMC employees will encounter the cameras at the following screening stations on the main campus: Au Bon Pain, Light Hall, Medical Center North, the second floor of The Vanderbilt Clinic and the second-floor employee entrance of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, with more to come soon.

The locations with the new cameras are staffed by VUMC personnel who will continue to ask COVID-19 screening questions and read the camera monitors.