Using Technology to Prevent Violence in Schools and Hospitals

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Using Technology to Prevent Violence in Schools and Hospitals

Our last post examined the high incidence of workplace violence in the healthcare and educational sectors. Since healthcare professionals work with a large, shifting population prone to a high rate of volatility, and educators often fall prey to students’ acts of violence, both are at a higher risk than the general population. If there is an incident, time is of the essence, and clear communication is key. So what are the best ways to protect these important public servants?

Protecting our Healthcare Facilities

While education and training are critical components of a sound security plan, technology is playing an increasingly important role. The strongest security strategies incorporate a holistic approach, including education and training regarding early warning signs of danger, smart security policies, regular drills, and the effective use of technology.

Healthcare facilities have adopted several important technological solutions to prevent, respond to, and mitigate acts of violence:

Protecting our Schools

Many U.S. schools employ a holistic approach to prevent, respond to, and mitigate acts of violence. Their strategy includes a positive school climate, smart emergency response plans and policies, regular drills, and overall situational awareness, in addition to school security systems that incorporate new technology.

Recently, the RAND Corporation and Johns Hopkins University undertook separate comprehensive studies to track the types of security technology being used by schools, as well as to provide recommendations on how to leverage them more effectively. Here are the recommended strategies:

Interested in learning more? IST is on the cutting edge of using technology to prevent violence in schools and hospitals, and we can provide a variety of effective tools for any industry. Contact us here.