Safe hospitals are smart hospitals

Paul Baratta

The brutal attack on a Lehigh Valley nurse by a former patient captured on video surveillance. A privacy breach of over 18,500 Anthem medicare beneficiaries reported to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Hospitals from New Mexico and Florida in the US to London, England forced to lockdown in response to high risk personal safety threats. And, as we’ve noted in a previous blog, an increase in workplace violence in the healthcare industry.

Stories like these are becoming all too familiar. But hospitals and healthcare facilities are increasingly more aware – and proactive – in their efforts to address, mitigate and even prevent these modern-day security risks.

One such hospital is Israelita Albert Einstein, the largest private hospital in the southern hemisphere. Integrating video, access control and audio technology on a common network, it is actively working to protect patients, staff, visitors and property – from parking lots to patient rooms, and everything in between.

What’s more, the hospital is discovering additional benefits from its security investment for improving patient care and operational efficiency.