From coast to coast in the U.S., Violence against physicians is on the rise. Assault and threats remain pervasive occupational safety hazards for health care professionals. Cellphones were instrumental in reporting the deadly events.
The I-PEN “Instant Physician Emergency Notification” app by the Texas Guardians is connecting technology to law enforcement situation rooms for faster reporting when response times matter most.
The app is available to any medical professional and medical center, allowing individuals to report a myriad of situations that includes suspicious activities and explosions to threats, shooters, and suicides.
A cell phone is a physical extension of today’s medical professionals. They always have it with them and it’s always on, making it the perfect vehicle for reporting potentially deadly situations.
In many instances, a medical centers that employs full-time security has standard operating procedures that require them to take up positions outside the buildings and not actively intervene or engage with the threat.
The I-PEN App can be activated at the first sign of trouble, alerting all emergency contacts the user has assigned, including building security even if they are on the opposite end of the medical complex.
Physicians and medical staff have brought a gun to work to make them feel safe. Employees of all departments are living with anxiety, looking over their shoulders and flinching at every loud noise.
The daily headline news is affecting employee production at every level. The threat is real, making experts wonder what’s on the horizon – a bomb, fire, suicide bomber or an active shooter.