Trends in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Technologies
Fargo, ND (PRWEB) June 19, 2009 -
Last week, the World Health Organization declared the H1N1 virus, also commonly referred to as "swine flu", a worldwide pandemic. National and state health officials in the U.S. are urging healthcare providers to take precautions to limit the spread of the virus from infected patients to healthy patients and staff.
In response to this latest threat, Intelligent InSites, Inc. today announced a solution that state healthcare agencies, hospitals, and senior care facilities can utilize to help prevent the transmission and spread of communicable diseases, such as H1N1, common influenza, and other infectious diseases. The solution uses location technology in conjunction with Intelligent InSites popular "enterprise visibility" software to identify the location of patients, staff, and equipment anywhere in a facility in real time. With access to real-time location information, healthcare providers are able to quickly identify people and assets that currently are or have been in the same location with an infected person, which allows the hospital to take appropriate actions to contain the spread of the virus.
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, urges state and local governments, school districts, and the private sector to modify and update their pandemic plans, as the state of pandemic preparedness in the U.S. is not at a desirable level. According to a recent report published by the Vendome Group, entitled "Trends in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Technologies", nearly two-thirds of healthcare organizations consider themselves not well prepared for a pandemic.
Mary Jagim, RN, a nationally recognized leader and consultant in emergency preparedness in hospitals, has seen the lack of preparedness first hand. "Working for over 20 years in an emergency department setting, I know how critical it is to have the ability to instantly and reliably trace all exposures between an infected person and others. This is truly a vital step in successful containment and control of infectious diseases. Emergency preparedness plans should harness the use of technology which can mitigate the chaos when a crisis arises. The solution Intelligent InSites provides is designed to help healthcare organizations effectively manage large-scale emergency events, including infectious disease outbreaks, and should be considered by healthcare providers and agencies as part of a comprehensive emergency response strategy."
The InSites Enterprise Visibility Platform™ uses real-time locating technologies, such as RFID, infrared, or ultrasound to reliably track the location and all interactions among patients, staff members, and equipment without disruption to the process of care delivery. The InSites Platform automatically senses and records the location of each person as they move about the facility through the use of a small tag provided to them when they check in. This data can then be used to quickly and accurately provide meaningful information to care givers.
For example, when a patient is positively tested for a virus, staff can instantly run a report identifying everywhere that patient has been in the hospital, as well as all patients, staff, and even equipment that were in the same location at the same time. The staff then uses that information to initiate the disease control protocols established by the hospital, screening exposed personnel or patients, and the provision of antiviral treatment. The system also provides reports that help risk management personnel analyze infection patterns and assist with compiling data requested by government agencies, such as Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. This not only protects patients and hospital employees, but it also increases the safety of the entire community.
"We are currently working with several government agencies and healthcare providers who wish to incorporate the use of our system in their emergency preparedness and continuity of operation plans. Given that our technology is capable of rapid and noninvasive deployment, the InSites Platform is seen by healthcare authorities as an immediate answer to managing the H1N1 virus threat, as well as preparing for other emergency situations," stated Mark Rheault, President and CEO of Intelligent InSites.
About Intelligent InSites
Intelligent InSites is a leading provider of enterprise visibility solutions for the healthcare market. The InSites Enterprise Visibility Platform™ provides healthcare organizations with a single system capable of locating people and assets via information derived through a variety of wireless locating technologies. The information is then leveraged to streamline patient flow and equipment management, manage emergency situations, and automate systems and processes across the healthcare enterprise.
The platform serves as the core of the enterprise visibility and process automation strategies for Intelligent InSites' healthcare clients by enabling the seamless integration of real-time location data with their existing IT systems, communication systems, building systems, and mobile devices. The platform includes several turnkey applications, but also allows clients, value added resellers, and system integrators to customize and enhance the system to suit their unique requirements and environment. For more information, visit http://www.IntelligentInSites.com.