Facility Security

Hospitals in Iowa and North Carolina Take Preventive Measures for Maximum Protection

Convergence is starting to take hold in healthcare security to combat the rise in violent attacks on hospitals and health workers.

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Security in hospitals and healthcare facilities continues to be put to the test. Reports of patients attacking healthcare staff make headlines on a regular basis. Unruly patients and even visitors increase the potential security risk in hospitals. At the same time, IP security system technology solutions are being employed in today’s hospitals, making them safer now and in the future.

Tailor-made for integration of life safety, security, and building automation, innovative systems are being installed in healthcare facilities. Communication over IP networks creates a unified security management platform for operations such as surveillance and access control.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), a public teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa, recently implemented a data-rich, integrated security management platform for upgraded safety. UIHC is a level 1 trauma center with seven buildings on its main campus and more than 200 outreach clinics throughout the state of Iowa.

Recognized for advances in medical technology, UIHC places equal emphasis on providing security and safety to patients, visitors, and 9,000 staff members. Working in conjunction with security systems integrator, Control Installations of Iowa, UIHC is using a unified Johnson Control victor and C•CURE 9000 security management platform for robust, integrated management of the organization’s access control and surveillance operations.

“With UIHC’s security management solution and its technology-forward philosophy, the health care organization is well positioned to continue providing a high-level of security and safety for those coming in and out of its doors,” said Douglas Vance, interim security manager of safety and security at UIHC.

Hundreds of high-resolution Illustra IP cameras installed throughout the various facilities and VideoEdge network video recorders enable staff to view all security operations from one central interface. Among other improvements, the system allows UIHC to assign specific user groups door control and emergency lockdown capabilities. Integrated with the HR database, auto assignment of clearances and door access based on job position, as well as automatic removal of access, is saving UIHC significant time over its previous manual processes.

CommWell Health operates locations in six counties throughout southeastern North Carolina. The region is a diverse mix of urban and rural communities, businesses, churches, schools, and cultures.

Doctors and nurses at CommWell Health are passionate about delivering high-quality medical and dental care by offering affordable services to lower income and farming communities. When CommWell Health needed a powerful surveillance system to ensure the safety of patients, visiting family members, and staff, officials at the organization consult with LTS, a provider of technology products and video solutions from leading security systems providers.

Connectivity and surveillance monitoring posed several challenges with this large installation project that included an open platform OEM system composed of: 135 IP network cameras, 19 NVRs with 92TB combined storage, and 4 miles of cabling for installation across 16 locations.

Cameras installed at all 16 locations establish full-perimeter protection as well as coverage at patient registration areas. Utilizing the company’s interoffice fiber network, the cameras feed back to the main office where security has nine 32-inch monitors for viewing as well as the ability for live feeds via their mobile devices.

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