Hospital security poses unique challenges; patient safety is critical, especially considering the vulnerability of the population, yet many hospitals areas are accessible to the public. That’s why patient safety initiatives are incredibly important — having security cameras in hospitals to detect and verify potentially critical events and maintaining secure access to high-risk areas is paramount.
Video Security Gets AI-Treatment
The role of artificial intelligence (AI) in security has been transformative. AI-powered security solutions, such as our Unusual Motion Detection (UMD) technology, augment the effectiveness of thorough video coverage in hospitals by helping take care of the detection function of security, allowing operators to focus their time and attention on verifying alarms and proactively responding to events instead of simply monitoring screens.
Given the open accessibility of many healthcare facilities, an improved ability to detect, verify and act on potentially critical events is extremely valuable for both patient safety and hospital security, making AI technology an important component of advanced security systems in healthcare today.
“Our Security Department’s mission at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is the safety of our patients, visitors, and employees. Avigilon was chosen because of its high-quality imaging and advanced technology that have brought efficiencies to my job.”
– Chad Rioux, Director of Security, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
Avigilon ACM™ System Alleviates Access Aches and Pains
Secure access is another crucial component of hospital security. Restricting access to sensitive areas — such as medication storage cabinets or units with a high risk of patient elopement — can have a huge impact on patient safety and loss prevention.
Our Access Control Manager (ACM) system works together with Avigilon Control Center (ACC) video management software to produce action-based alarms and notifications when potential breaches occur, helping to ensure that only authorized individuals gain entry to restricted areas and expediting event correlation during investigations. By effectively limiting access, hospitals can help decrease patient elopement, protect valuable assets and minimize medication theft.
Radios Remedy Critical Communications Challenges
For an end-to-end security solution, Motorola Solutions land mobile radios complement Avigilon solutions by allowing security operators to quickly convey critical information that helps enable faster response. When unusual activity is detected by video security or a restricted access control event occurs, the operator in the video control room can radio roaming security officers for further investigation. By deploying a complete security solution that delivers actionable results from the time a potentially critical event is detected until after an incident is resolved, hospitals can take a proactive approach to security.
Maintaining hospital security is no easy task — but it’s absolutely crucial. Technologies such as AI-powered video analytics, advanced access control systems and critical communications solutions can augment the abilities of officers to detect and verify potentially critical events while also enabling them to proactively respond when needed, mitigating risks to patient safety. By deploying these solutions within their facility, hospitals are better positioned to protect what matters most — their patients, staff and resources.
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