Healthcare workers are not new to the possibility of a hostile work environment. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare organizations have been in overdrive, ensuring patients, staff and visitors have the safest environment possible.
With increased responsibilities and waves of patients and their families overflowing hospitals, violent and aggressive situations have increased.
A scalable security system would allow healthcare organization to implement new technologies and integrations that will assist them in improving overall operations and enhancing security as seen when dynamics change frequently throughout a pandemic.
Simplicity and flexibility should be a major consideration for decision makers in the healthcare industry when looking for a robust security system. The flexibility to give access, camera views, and data reports on patient care, should be a priority as it makes the process user-friendly and easy.
These new technologies and implementations would also be able to adjust if application and system processing demands surge and as new technology becomes available.
Technologies and tools an open platform can provide:
- nurse/staffing panic or call button
- gun detection
- weapons’ detection
- thermal imaging
- workflow analysis
Recent developments in technology such as an open architecture platform and improved integration capabilities with video management systems (VMS) result in safer and more efficient medical facilities.
Features To Enhance Your Healthcare Security Needs
A VMS system can minimize the demands on available bandwidth and organizational processing power as the constant processing of high-resolution video can overwhelm a network.
When utilizing an open platform like a VMS, healthcare can integrate:
Open platforms provide the much needed flexibility for the healthcare organizations managing multiple facilities and locations, allowing them to integrate different access control systems and cameras all under one view – saving the organization from ripping and replacing everything at once.
Video surveillance allows operators to access the data and footage tied to an event such as an unauthorized entry into a nursey to improve response time and optimize procedures.
A great example of this in action is a hospital using surveillance cameras with analytics to send real-time notifications of potential infant abductions on a maternity floor.
These systems can also assist facilities with harnessing the power of video surveillance by deploying analytics licensing plate recognition in parking lots and facility mapping. This technology may also be used to charge for parking instead of physical barriers or checkpoints.
Another feature of a VMS system is the ability to monitor the number of times the sink was used during a specific shift or between patient rooms – further enforcing safety measures.
Improved integration capabilities, flexibility and scalability which results in a safer environment for everyone should be the goal of every hospital and medical facility.
Contact a Salient rep today to learn how we can help make your facility a safer place.