Schneider Electric launches healthcare-focused risk assessment program

Company looks to provide hospitals with a comprehensive technology roadmap

"Though security is a staple and common sight in today’s world, the deployment is normally retrospective in essence," he says. "For example, an event occurs where there is no video coverage, so the initial response calls for the installation of video cameras. Perhaps a video camera is necessary, but you need to understand how it can be effectively utilized."

Tanskey said that the company is currently performing a risk assessment for a hospital in the Carolinas and that the feedback they’ve received thus far has been positive.

"(The risk assessment) provides an unbiased look at their technology and gives them an understanding of their vulnerabilities," says Tanskey. "It looks at the potential patient impact, the safety hazard, the probability of it occurring, the ability for the hospital to respond quickly and from there helps them rank the deficiencies, give them a budgetary number to understand what it might take to correct based on our experience, and from that they will determine the roadmap they want to take to fix those deficiencies, in what order and over what period of time."

Tanskey pointed out, however that this program is about examining the security and building technologies an organization has in place, rather than the physical security measures they should implement.

"It is a 'one-stop-shop' for the organization's electrical distribution infrastructure, mechanical infrastructure, building automation infrastructure, secure power, and data center infrastructure," Tanskey explains. "However, this is really about security technology, not physical security. Consultants will often times look at the combination of both, but they won't typically have the expertise in the other arenas."

Moving forward, Tanskey says the company will work with customers who take part in the program to help them figure out what technologies and solutions are best suited to fit their needs.

"We can integrate into all kinds of systems beyond what we manufacture, think about integrating into the clinical side of things like nurse call or admission, transfer and discharge systems," he says. "Technology has changed so much that the real future is integrating to improve productivity for staff and to enhance safety for our customers' patients, staff and assets."