While this signals a massive shift in security capabilities for Georgia’s healthcare facilities, it remains to be seen which facilities will embrace the change and add this tool to their tool belt.
In the modern technological landscape, our goal must be to build a security ecosystem that is balanced and feeds each part from the other to ensure the effectiveness of the whole.
There is a need for healthcare to recognize the Security management function as an equally relevant and critical function to the Facilities management function.
If it is our goal to move violence prevention efforts forward, we must point to the benefits to patient care and the benefits to employee engagement.
My challenge to this line of thinking is that built into it is a fundamental flaw, in order to use this tool – someone still has to first be assaulted.
For security professionals, it is time that our image better reflected the nobility of our work.
Violence in the community always tends to end up, at a minimum, in our Emergency Departments. More often than not, it permeates every part of our organization.
We must push the boundaries of the work we know to continuously add knowledge, skill, and capability to our organizations.