Apology & article
I want to apologize for not posting on here recently. Century Link hasn’t been the most reliable in recent weeks in keeping our internet lines up and running. It’s been a hit or miss at times. It’ll come on and then give us 5 minutes and then go off for hours.
Finally, after 4 visits, they’ve admitted that there is a short ‘somewhere’ in the lines. And it is somewhere between here and who knows where. So as soon as they can get it tracked down and repaired, I’ll be back up and posting twice weekly again. Until then…
On the other hand, here is an article I came across about hospital security. It says, among other items, that I’ve been right about hospital security and cutting security budgets despite the potential for violence. Enjoy and take care!
Using Risk-Based Security to Stem the Tide of Violence in Hospitals
Security InfoWatch (05/22/14) Ramsey-Hamilton, Caroline
Since 2010, violence in healthcare has skyrocketed, with hospitals and other provider locations experiencing a major increase in violence, instigated by patients, patient families and even healthcare staff. The Department of Homeland Security and a consortium of state and local hospitals recently released a standard for active shooters in healthcare. The changes in healthcare, including the increase in insured Medicaid patients and increased traffic to emergency departments, highlights the fact that people are working with an outdated security model that has not evolved to address a changing healthcare environment.
The change in billing and reimbursements for healthcare organizations, such as tracking of readmission rates, has squeezed hospital profits causing reductions in funding in many security departments at a time when violent events are steadily increasing. A new risk-based model for hospital security uses technology to a greater extent, employs forecasting and statistical models to predict the likelihood of future incidents, and is proactive instead of reactive, focusing money and energy on preventing events instead of simply responding to them. This model also uses risk assessment formulas to quickly assess the current security profile of a hospital, clinic, hospice, or behavioral health facility, factoring in heightened threat-risk environment, not only for the facility in question, but also adding in the wealth of healthcare data that’s now available. A major focus of this model is the continual assessment and evaluation of preventive security controls, which are reviewed quarterly, semi-annually, or annually to discover gaps in controls, and to fix gaps as soon as they are identified. Instead of waiting for manual recording of security incidents every day, software programs allow hospital security officers to enter data at the end of each shift, and that means security directors can map what’s happening in the hospital or facility on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly