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Author: Maureen Lally, Vice President, Marketing, North America, Installation & Services
Published: Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Facility managers in the healthcare industry are responsible for a diverse range of duties, but often must work with limited resources to achieve their goals. There is no room for compromise when it comes to ensuring the safety of patients, visitors and staff, so healthcare organizations must be creative in their approach to security planning.

Healthcare organizations are able to do more with less when they utilize integrated security solutions. Video surveillance, access control and fire safety technologies all help manage risk and enhance protection for healthcare organizations.The latest solutions on the market offer the opportunity to streamline processes, increase revenue and improve patient outcomes. Additionally, working with an experienced integrator can ensure comprehensive protection while reducing expenses.

Intrusion alarms are one security system to note, keeping watch over healthcare facilities day and night to provide organizations with security 24/7. Intrusion detection systems can be integrated with video surveillance for a close look at who is entering protected areas and when. Another valuable aspect of intrusion detection systems is remote management technology, which allows facility managers to arm and disarm the systems at anytime from anywhere. Remote management systems can also provide alert notifications in the event of an intrusion.

Relatedly, mass notification systems (MNS) can help hospitals optimize resources and improve safety. Voice-enabled fire alarm systems, for example, as part of an integrated mass notification system, can be used to notify people not only of a fire emergency, but also to provide other life-safety instructions during events along with day-to-day information and updates.

By implementing integrated security solutions, healthcare organizations can reduce the amount of resources required to provide a safe and secure environment. Security systems that can connect to each other and work collaboratively help facility managers accomplish more while utilizing fewer staff and funds. As a result, employees at healthcare organizations can increase productivity and focus on a greater quality of care for their patients.

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