Hospitals are under all circumstances responsible for providing responsible care to patients, especially during crises. To be able to provide this continuous care, there are many plans within hospitals, such as the hospital crisis plan.
Almost half of all Dutch hospitals rely on MultiBel as a hospital notification system to send emergency alerts to internal and external staff in case of calamities. Research by the EW Weekblad (article “Hospitals are vulnerable to fire, IT failure and violence” on March 8, 2022) has shown that the risk of incidents increases at hospitals. Dutch hospitals are well prepared for disasters, but often much less for internal calamities. This is where the risks for hospitals lie. In the past 20 years, there have been 143 incidents at Dutch hospitals, as a result of which critical departments had to close their doors.
MultiBel has besides its usage as a healthcare notification system other applications that are implemented at hospitals. Examples are sending emergency alerts to the emergency response team, and sending alert messages in case of technical malfunctions or IT problems. MultiBel can also be used as a silent alarm evacuation system.