Mutualink News
05/26/2009

Mutualink’s Interoperable Communications Platform to Power NJ Regional Pandemic Network

Newark, N.J. A consortia of 22 hospitals and health facilities in northern New Jersey is deploying Mutualink’s multimedia interoperable communications sharing system as part of its all hazards preparedness initiative that can include pandemic situations if presented. The interoperable communications solution by Mutualink, Inc. will enable the hospitals and public safety and law enforcement agencies to seamlessly communicate with each other over disparate radio and telephone systems and share direct live video feeds, providing enhanced real time coordination and response capabilities during public health emergencies and other disaster scenarios.

The new interoperable emergency communications network is being funded by grants from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for pandemic planning under the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006. The 22 healthcare facilities participating in the health preparedness network are University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) - University Hospital, Saint Michael’s Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark Community Health Centers, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Essex Valley Visiting Nurse Association, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Clara Mass Medical Center, Holy Name Hospital; Meadowlands Hospital, Englewood Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, Palisades Medical Center, The Valley Hospital, Hoboken University, Bergen Regional Medical Center, Bayonne Hospital, Christ Hospital, and Newark Homeless Health Center.

According to Brian Dolan, Director of Disaster Preparedness for UMDMJ-University Hospital, "the solution provides us with real time situational awareness and multi-partner communications capabilities during times of emergency. Being able to communicate in real time and securely share information during a crisis is a major priority in achieving an enhanced state of readiness and response capability that can save lives. This deployment helps us meet revised and improved advanced emergency preparedness and readiness standards established under the National Preparedness Goal, as articulated in National Response Framework (NRF) and under National Incident Management System (NIMS)."

Mutualink's CEO, Mark Hatten, states "Mutualink's platform creates multimedia interoperability among 22 hospitals and healthcare facilities and the first responders of the numerous New Jersey cities and NJ TRANSIT Police that have already deployed Mutualink. It is a positive step in the goal of meeting all hazards, all disciplines interoperability."

In a pandemic influenza outbreak, bioterrorism event or other large scale public health emergency, the NRF, NIMS and National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) layout a blueprint for an all hazards, scalable response capability which builds on the active participation of public agencies and private entities working together under a coordinated command and control structure. After 9-11 and then again with hurricane Katrina, interoperable communications were identified as a major national public safety and emergency preparedness priority when it was discovered that first responders and other assets using disparate radio and other communications systems could not communicate with each other

Mary Danish, Corporate Director for Emergency Preparedness for Saint Michael’s Medical Center, emphasized the importance of continuing to actively improve public health emergency preparedness capabilities. "Pandemic influenza, bioterrorism and large scale natural and manmade disasters have the potential to cause catastrophic damage to our communities and strain local resources. These threats and hazards are real. In case of a large scale event, ensuring on-demand surge response capability through the cooperation of our local partners, and our state and federal resource partners is essential to mitigating harm and quickly meeting demand. Establishing an interoperable communications capability is a vital component in facilitating real time, flexible and accurate information sharing to provide an effective and scalable response," said Danish. With regard to the new interoperable communications system, Ms. Danish stated that "we selected Mutualink because of its ease of use, ease of deployment, low cost and full featured capabilities. Mutualink enables us to create a large scale, real time interoperable emergency communications network today at a reasonable cost while getting best of breed features and capabilities."

Mutualink is an IP based multimedia interoperable communications company that enables radio, telephone, video and data to be shared on a real time, dynamic incident basis. Mutualink has gained rapid acceptance because of its ease of use, ease of deployment, low cost and full featured capabilities. Mutualink enables communities to create a large scale, real time interoperable emergency communications networks at a reasonable cost while getting best of breed features and capabilities. Mutualink was recently deployed by five key law enforcement agencies, including the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, during the Presidential inauguration, providing the agencies with seamless communications interoperability and real time video surveillance sharing during the event.

 

For More Information & Further Inquiry in Canada:

Brian Dolan, RN, BSN, CEN, ACM, CCEMT-P
Director-Disaster Preparedness
The University Hospital
90 Bergen Street - Suite 2600
Newark, NJ 07103
Phone: 973-972-4668
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Marc Lamothe
Inter-Op Canada, Inc.

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