More than five million allied health care practitioners – nearly 60 percent of all U.S. health care providers – contribute to the nation’s health. These workers perform a vital service in our communities attending to the well-being of families, children and adults whose situations require that health care or social services be delivered outside of the relative safety of an office or hospital environment. Whether attending to the homeless on our streets, or providing services in someone’s home, Mobile Health Workers unfortunately can find themselves in dangerous circumstances. In fact, it is believed that up to 70% of front-line child welfare workers have been victims of violence or threats in the line of duty.
OSHA, recognizing this problem, has created a document which offers guidelines for allied health field worker safety called OSHA 3148. Among suggested practices are the following:
- Enable a GPS tracking ability for mobile workers
- Ensure workers have a means of communication such as cell phones or panic buttons
- Ensure protocols are in place for checking-in/checking-out with supervisors
The Blueforce mobile health worker solution builds on OSHA’s suggested practices and enables the real-time monitoring of an organizations’ workforce. It is highly scalable and able to handle thousands of mobile workers if necessary, delivering military-grade, secure advanced situational awareness at a surprisingly affordable price point. In the normal course of business our software enables important efficiencies. With a single swipe on the phone and a quick message, a supervisor immediately knows that a worker has reached the home of a patient and is beginning to provide care. When the worker leaves, again with a single swipe a supervisor has a record that the worker has finished the job.
In an emergency, our technology provides an unprecedented level of awareness that exceeds mere geospatial location and single-button “panic” solutions. With our BlueBeacon software loaded onto health workers’ Android or iOS smart phones and tablets, supervisors, safety personnel, public safety, and agency security staff can monitor not only a worker’s location but also have a clear understanding of what is happening. Among others, there is an ability to remotely hear the ambient sounds around the worker in panic and also to see through the remote or automated triggering of the device camera what that worker is facing. Our panic reporting instantly provides awareness to each and every subscribed endpoint throughout the system and can be the difference between mounting an informed and timely response and being too late.