The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is requiring all Medicare and Medicaid suppliers/providers to have an emergency preparedness plan in place by November 15, 2017. The new guidelines are to further ensure patients, residents, clients and participants are safe and informed during natural and man-made critical events. Read More
New emergency preparedness guidelines have been passed down by CMS for all Medicaid and Medicare providers. This means a massive headache for a lot of healthcare compliance professionals leading up to the November 2017 deadline. New rules can mean changes to well worn processes and procedures and added stress on managers, employees, and patients alike. But there is some good news – these guidelines are designed to make your organization safer, more efficient, and better at communicating, especially around emergency situations. Read More
With less than four months before the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services implement their new emergency preparedness regulations, health care providers and suppliers are ramping up their efforts to ensure their organization will meet the CMS guidelines compliance deadline of November 15, 2017. What do these new regulations mean for you exactly? Read More
In the last ten years, the workplace has transitioned from stationary to mobile. As technology has advanced it’s changed the way we work, where we work, and when we work. In fact, this report by Global Workplace Analytics discovered that employees are not at their desks as much as 50-60% of the time. Many employees change locations multiple times a day, and others frequently travel or do offsite work. With the rise of staff on the go, there is an increase in external risks in addition to those that occur in the office. So how do you keep your people safe? You need a system that can adapt to people’s changing location and the changing landscape around us. Read More
Emergency Notifications Then and now
If we are old enough, we can think back to the time when emergency notifications at work were fire alarms, overhead speaker alerts, and possibly a phone call with an automated message. These are also the days when most of us drove to work, stayed at the same desk at the same location for eight hours, then drove home. How many of us can say we follow this same nine to five, predictable schedule? Read More
Finding the Right System
An emergency notification system is all you need to protect your employees, right? That can be easier said than done. If you’ve been relying on email or phones to inform and alert your employees, you have a little homework to do before you can choose the best emergency notification software for your company. There are many providers out there offering all kinds of features, capabilities, pricing, integrations, and promises, but which ones best fit your requirements? Read More
With 2017 already underway, it’s a good time to look at what we think will be major drivers in the mass notification system market. One recent report estimates this market is to grow from $4.16 billion in 2016 to more than $9 billion by 2021. It appears the focus will be on business continuity strategies and IP-based notification devices. Let’s break those down a bit. Read More
Emergency Management Market Skyrockets
When we heard the report based on new market research that the incident and emergency management market is projected to reach $114 billion by 2021, we weren’t surprised. But what people may not realize is why the market is exploding. The report notes the growth is due to “changing climatic conditions, increasing government regulations and norms, extensive usage of social media to spread information, and increased threats of terrorist attacks.” Read More
I recently saw an article from Campus Safety magazine that discussed how college campuses are attempting to maximize the ROI of their alert systems. This isn’t a surprise, as it has become mandatory for schools to have some sort of mass communication system in place for emergencies. Sadly, school campuses from elementary through college have lost their sense of security after so many stories of campus violence. We’ve all mourned the tragedies of Sandy Hook, Columbine, and Virginia Tech. There have been 142 school shootings in the U.S. since 2013 and nearly every state has been affected…see the above map.
On top of everything schools have to contend with each year , these horrific crimes have quickly placed campus security at the top of the priority list. The mass notification system market is responding and is expected to grow to nearly 10 billion USD by 2021, due in part to the growing demand for public safety and increased awareness for emergency communication solutions. Read More
We’d like to think we’d know what to do in an emergency, but studies show many Americans are not as prepared as they think they are. If we, as private citizens, haven’t prepared our homes and families for emergencies, how can we expect our employers to have a plan in place?
Preparing your home for an emergency is quite different than your workplace. We assume our managers and executives have some sort of plan in the books, right? Maybe the answer is in a poll that revealed more than half of Americans assume local authorities will come to their rescue with disaster strikes, whether at home or in the office. If you’re a business owner or have a management role, particularly related to security, maybe it’s time to look at mass notification software as part of an emergency plan. Read More