Rhode Island hospital tests emergency communications technology

Emergency Management Alert, April 20, 2010

When a fire roared through a local nightclub in Providence, Rhode Island, first responders were frustrated by incompatible radio systems, reports The Providence Journal.

Events like the nightclub fire, and on a larger scare, 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, can make communication difficult, which is why the hospital network LifeSpan is helping Rhode Island Hospital gain better communication technologies. With a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, LifeSpan put together a network of portable units that enable communication via voice, text or cellular through wireless or landline telephone, radio, or Internet. The components are housed in a 6-foot tall cart. The technology would enable hospitals to talk to one another and to outside entities such as a medical helicopter in the event of disasters such as hurricanes.

Source: The Providence Journal


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