Healthcare Security: PERS for the Commercial Sector is Spelled EMD

How Enterprise Mobile Duress can protect the healthcare environment


Case in Point

While EMD can be used for full campus coverage, it also can be successful in providing protection for specific areas or departments at a facility. In Denver, Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital’s nurses, physicians, security and other support staff in the Emergency Department (ED), Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Behavioral Health are routinely confronted with unstable, and sometimes violent, combative patients.

In order to ensure protection within those departments, it deployed an EMD system. The system consists of high-powered repeaters that form the network of coverage and panic buttons deployed to hospital staff throughout the ER, ICU and Behavioral Health departments. Associates and medical staff can wear a panic button around their neck or on a belt, or place it in a pocket or purse. Upon activation, the panic button transmits a unique, short and rapid high-priority alert message to the hospital’s dispatch station, where the event is assessed and the proper response is deployed. The system was designed so that it can easily be expanded to cover the entire 854,134 square feet of the hospital, should there be a future need.


Don Commare is VP of Marketing and Product Management for Inovonics, and helped drive the industry’s first Enterprise Mobile Duress (EMD) framework for workplace safety and people protection. To request more info about Inovonics, please visit