SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AtHoc, Inc. today announced that one of the most prominent military medical centers in the world, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), has successfully implemented the AtHoc Interactive Warning System (AtHoc IWS) for mass notification and interactive hospital communications.
WRNMMC of Bethesda, Md., established in 2011, brings together two renowned healthcare institutions, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center, commonly recognized as Bethesda Naval Hospital. This consolidated revitalization has united the nation's foremost military healthcare systems on one campus, culminating in "The Nation's Medical Center," a monumental achievement in military medicine.
WRNMMC has chosen AtHoc IWS for its network-based, enterprise-wide notification and communication system as part of their commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for the dedicated care of presidents, dignitaries and wounded soldiers and their families.
Uniquely equipped for the healthcare environment, the AtHoc IWS solution enables IP-based interaction among on-premise medical staff. Designed to reach all 12,000 personnel with the touch of a button, messages are rapidly delivered through pervasive computer desktop pop-up alerts.
"The people who come through our doors are here to heal, to stay healthy and to help others," said Terry J. Prince, U.S. Navy, WRNMMC command master chief. "The AtHoc solution helps us achieve our mission in providing world-class health care by giving us the ability to swiftly deliver hospital codes directly to key staff members. We're also able to receive replies in real time, accelerating emergency response. Installation was quick as well, with non-disruptive integration into existing infrastructure."
"We are proud and honored to provide a modern network-based alerting system that supports those who serve our elected leaders and, the true patriots, our wounded warriors," said Dave Brown, vice president, AtHoc Defense and Intelligence Group. "Our mass notification system brings an added dimension of confidence in an environment where fast, trusted communications among highly dispersed personnel is imperative."
AtHoc IWS leverages the latest advances in mobile, cloud and IP technologies that empower the healthcare enterprise to communicate, interact and account for all personnel in critical situations. Whether the need is disseminating hospital codes or providing a layer of security monitoring, complex staff recall or emergency response team notifications, AtHoc provides a next generation solution that facilitates physical security, life safety and continuity of patient care and operations.
AtHoc IWS unifies analog and digital systems over the IP network and transforms disparate, existing systems into one complete end-to-end mass communication tool while building a foundation for future expansion. Converging physical security and safety into the IP system, emergency managers are able to leverage all assets to issue interactive warnings with enterprise-wide reach throughout an entire healthcare facility.
Alert messages are delivered through an extensive range of channels and devices: sirens, radios, computer desktop pop-ups, instant messages, digital signs, texts, emails, VoIP work phones, mobile or smartphones and more. The push of a button activates all of these systems for hospital-wide mass notification or targeted alerts to specific buildings, medical staff or individuals.
AtHoc's offerings are available as Software as a Service (SaaS), on-premise and hybrid configurations, tailored to meet exact customer operational needs and security requirements.
AtHoc will demonstrate the IWS solution at the upcoming HIMSS 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 23-27, 2014 at Booth #1413.
AtHoc is the recognized leader, innovator and trusted partner in network-centric interactive communication systems. AtHoc's products are used for physical security, employee protection, personnel accountability, staff recall and regulatory compliance for military, homeland security, government, healthcare, industrial and commercial organizations. Millions of end-users worldwide rely on AtHoc's unified notification systems for their emergency alerting and critical communication needs, in organizations such as Microsoft, Eastman Chemical, USS-POSCO Industries, UCLA and enterprise-wide deployments within the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
AtHoc's advanced solutions also bring enterprise-class, end-to-end communication to major healthcare organizations such as Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Baylor Health Care Systems, Scott & White Health System, Kaiser Permanente, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Raymond W. Bliss Army Medical Center, Wilford Hall Medical Center and Irwin Army Hospital, Ft. Riley.
AtHoc was awarded Government Security News' (GSN) 2012 Homeland Security Award for Best Mass Notification System. AtHoc is a HIMSS Gold Corporate Member and a member of The National Association for Home Care and Hospice. AtHoc has been recognized by Gartner, Inc. as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Emergency Mass Notification Services and by IHS Inc. as The Fastest Growing Mass Notification Software Supplier. For more information about AtHoc, please visit www.athoc.com.
About Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) is the Nation's Medical Center, proudly serving military beneficiaries in the Washington D.C. area as well as those from across the country and around the globe. As the largest military medical center in the U.S., WRNMMC is a tertiary care destination providing services in over 100 clinics and specialties. The Medical Center combines the proud history of the National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, two great Navy and Army medicine icons.
For more information about WRNMMC, please visit http://www.wrnmmc.capmed.mil/SitePages/home.aspx.