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.
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.
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.
If these requirements become final, they will represent one of the boldest initiatives to impact violence prevention in the healthcare industry to date.
When we bring all the partners together, and we bring all our collective capacity together, lives are changed.
Targeted patrolling based on identified risks is the cornerstone of a good physical security program.